Kids on the Block (KOTB) is an international puppet-based program that educates children about personal safety and diversity.
Kids on the Block Regina (KOTB) was established in 2014 by the Regina Sexual Assault Centre because education and skills development in the early years are key factors in the prevention of abuse, sexual assault and interpersonal violence. Our program is delivered at no cost to schools and community-based organizations.
KOTB has been developed in consultation with a number of agencies, including the Ministry of Justice, Regina Police Service, Ministry of Social Services, Regina Public Schools and Regina Qu'Appelle Health Region.
Our program is funded by the Ministry of Justice, City of Regina and the Community Initiatives Fund.
The community response during our first year (2015) was outstanding; the Coordinator and trained volunteers delivered presentations which reached 2,264 children.
The following years saw amazing growth. In 2017-2018 the program delivered presentations to over 5,000 children!
Educators are recognizing the need for violence and abuse prevention education in schools and we are privileged to be a part of that movement.
"It is truly amazing to see how puppets can engage kids and be such good "teachers". They contribute to a safe and open environment that allows children to engage in conversations about vitally important topics."
"The students loved this presentation! They are engaged and the puppets are wonderful. The information is relevant and presented in a way that is interesting and holds the students' attention. It was also suitable for a multi-ability classroom and students with intensive needs and supports were also able to participate and learn."
"Thanks for presenting to my class last week. They were all so engaged. What a great support for my health curriculum! There was even a group of grade 2 students talking about it on the way to the bus. It was really cute, but also nice to see that the message was powerful enough to inspire conversation and thought."
"The kids really enjoyed the presentation and felt it was a great way to teach students about these issues. They enjoyed the seriousness mixed with the humour."
"It is a message that need repeating."
"Speakers engaged the kids. Let them know there are safe adults to take to, it's okay to tell, parents can get help and not go to jail."
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Click the button below to access our teachers pre-presentation package that includes all the information you need to know and other material such as: Why Do We Need Personal Safety and Abuse Prevention in our School, Previous Year KOTB Stats and information about Child Sexual Abuse.
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