The Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation is a New Hampshire based 501(c)3 nonprofit foundation that teaches children important safety lessons through live musical programs. Lil’ Iguana’s programs are presented in elementary schools, child care facilities, and community events throughout New England and along the East Coast and feature lessons like Buckle-Up, Street Smarts, Get Permission, Who’s a Stranger, and Run, Run, Run, Yell & Tell!  Through corporate & individual sponsorships, the foundation is able to present the Lil’ Iguana Live program in elementary schools free of charge.  These award-winning programs have been presented in front of over 3 million people in seven countries.  Lil’ Iguana’s programming has been credited with saving countless children, with the youngest child being just age 3.

Since 1994, the Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation has created several proactive, prevention programs to keep kids safe from abduction, child predators, and serious accidental injuries. Lil’ Iguana’s proactive prevention programs are all centered on music and are designed specifically for children ages 2-8.

Lil’ Iguana uses educational and proactive teaching mechanisms to ensure children stay safe throughout their childhoods.  It has been proven that children learn from interactive, music-based programs; this is why Lil’ Iguana is so effective.  Lil’ Iguana’s music driven programs keep children engaged so they can learn countless safety lessons they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Lil’ Iguana’s programs focus on proactive teaching and prevention because reactive programs are too late to save a child’s life.  Prevention programs initiated early in a child’s life will help reduce abuse and accidental injuries, while shrinking health care costs associated with these problems.  

Why We Use Proactive, PREVENTION Programs:

– More children die every year from preventable injuries than die from all diseases combined

– The most abused & neglected age group is cradle to 3 years old

– A report of child abuse is made every ten seconds

– Every 40 seconds a child becomes missing or abducted

– 80% of 21 year olds who reported childhood abuse met the criteria for at least one psychological disorder

 

Some programs include:

 

 

Lil’ Iguana Live! – a musical stage show that features live performers and the costume character Lil’ Iguana, and is geared for children ages 2-8 at elementary schools & community events

 

 

 

Lil’ Iguana’s in-classroom program – a program featuring the costume character Lil’ Iguana & music video aids to teach pre-school age children in a smaller setting

 

 

 

“Be Smart, Stay Safe” educational DVD – An award winning, 22-minute DVD that features music, character puppets, actors, and animation that delivers crucial safety messages including “Take A Buddy with You,” “Get Permission,” “Who is a Stranger,” and “Run, Run, Run, Yell, and Tell.”

 

 

Television Series – A 14 episode, Emmy award-winning television series that aired nationally throughout the United States and won several awards and endorsements.

 

 

Educational Safety Products – Lil’ Iguana’s educational products are resources designed for educators, parents, and children to consistently reinforce Lil’ Iguana’s crucial safety lessons.

 

 


Some Safety Lessons Taught by Lil’ Iguana Include:

 

   Buckle-Up Your Seatbelt

   Street Smarts

   Wearing the Gear

  Get Permission

   Take a Buddy with You

   Who is a Stranger

   Harm Alarm

   Run, Yell, and Tell

 

 

 

The Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation (LICSF) was created after concerned parent Jim Tomaszewski realized there was no proactive children’s safety program to keep his two young children safe. Galvanized into action with the support of his family, Jim sold his successful marketing and screen-printing company and dedicated his life to teaching young children how to stay safe in today’s intimidating world.

Over the next few years he enlisted the help of numerous early childhood educators and child-care experts to develop a program designed to teach scary topics such as identifying strangers and what to do if approached by a child predator.  They discovered that music is the most effective way to teach children, so they developed fun, toe-tapping music to educate children.  They also began creating skits to integrate interactive role playing into the program.

Over the last two decades, the character Lil’ Iguana has evolved but the original mission has remained the same: empower children with the knowledge they need to keep themselves safe.

Jim’s Story:

 

James S. Tomaszewski, Sr. is the founder and Executive Director of the Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation. Back in the 1990’s, James was a successful business owner of the marketing and screen-printing business J.E.L.T. In 1994, J.E.L.T. created a child-safety character and a few music songs for the Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse to use as part of their in-school program. The music and character was so well-received, J.E.L.T. created additional music, handouts, and developed lessons. It launched a website, began work with the Massachusetts Safety Officers League, and created the tagline “A Safe & Happy Childhood Lasts a Lifetime!”

 

A few years later the mission of the Task Force to Prevent Child Abuse changed from teaching children, to teaching the parents. So, the Lil’ Iguana program was going to be discontinued at the end of the year. Jim struggled with idea that the schools would miss the program, but did not know if he could dedicate the time needed for the program.

 

His “turning point” came in 1997. Being a family man, Jim often had his young children come visit him at work. One day while playing inside a bin used to store tee shirts, his then five-year-old son, Jimmy Jr. asked his father how those men fit that boy in a bin similar to the one Jimmy was sitting in. Jimmy was referring to the brutal murder of Jeffrey Curley. Jeffrey Curley was only ten years old, when he was abducted, sexually abused, and killed. His mangled body was placed in a storage bin filled of cement and then dumped in the Southern Maine River. The two men responsible are now serving life sentences for Curley’s kidnap and murder.

 

That day Jimmy continued to try to twist and bend to fit inside the bin. He was puzzled by how the men fit the boy into the bin, and why they would do something like that to an innocent young boy. Jimmy asked his father if he and his sister would always be safe with their dad watching out for them. Jim Sr. was brought to tears. He had always talked to his kids about safety, but had never showed them what to do if approached by a stranger, or even told them clearly who a stranger was.

Later that night, Jim spoke with his wife about continuing the Lil’ Iguana program full-time. With the support of his family and friends, the Lil’ Iguana program grew to reach 10 states and 7 countries.

 

The Lil’ Iguana program continues to thrive today, staying true to its mission of educating children through its award-winning, music based programs along the East Coast, across the country, and throughout the world.

Since 1994, Lil’ Iguana’s educational programming has been seen by over 3 million people across the United States and in 7 countries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SafetySnapp is the latest development from the Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation to keep children and our loved ones safe.

SafetySnapp gives caregivers access to GPS technology, automated emergency contacts and scrapbooking software. These powerful tools combine to give users what they need most in case of emergency.

 

The app prompts users with a built-in camera to take a picture of their child, or those in their care suffering from memory loss or mental challenges, on a daily basis. This collection of constantly-updated photos becomes essential in missing person cases where a truly accurate description is needed. Users can also use the photos to create unique scrapbooks that can be shared on Facebook, Twitter and via email.

 

 

A mini version of SafetySnapp can also be added to loved one’s iPhone, iPad, iPod, and Android devices, which will track their current location via GPS. The “Follow My Loved One” feature lets caregivers know where their loved ones are at the touch of a button during an emergency situation. The app also comes with a one-touch solution to instantly notify a list of Emergency Contacts when a loved one goes missing. Important information will immediately be sent alongside an updated photo to personal circles (like family, friends, and teachers) and emergency personnel (police, hospital, Amber Alert, and local news).

Because of its success, Lil’ Iguana has been featured in national publications and on national programming.  The Lil’ Iguana Program has been enthusiastically endorsed by The Massachusetts Safety Officers League, the South Shore Chiefs of Police, Director of the Early Childhood Program at Lesley University Dr. Lisa Fiore, Head Start Programs, and hundreds of schools, child care facilities, police departments, and parenting and mothers groups.

 


14 Part Television Series
14 Part Television SeriesAired Nationally & Won Several Awards

-Emmy Award for Boston/New England Region 1998

-Massachusetts Broadcaster’s Association Award for Best Children’s Television 1998

-Parents’ Choice Honors Award 1998

-Two (2) Coalition for Quality Children’s Media Awards 1998

-Gold CINDY(Cinema in Industry) Regional Award in Early Childhood Education 1999

-Silver CINDY International Award in Early Childhood Education 2000

-FCC Family Friendly Rating from the Annenberg Foundation

-KIDS FIRST! Endorsement 2011

 

Praise & Support
Praise & SupportWell-known public figures have stepped forward to praise and support the solid results of our work

-Mayor Tom Menino of Boston

-Boston City Councilman Sal Lamattina

-Senator Judd Gregg of NH

-Senator Bob Smith of NH

-John and Maggie Bish

-Mark Lundsford, Director of Jessie’s  Law

-Actress Mary McDonah of Little House on the Prairie

-Actor Kevin Dobson of Kojak and Knot’s Landing

-Veteran actor Clifton Davis

Enthusiastically Endorsed
Enthusiastically EndorsedSince its creation, the Lil’ Iguana program has been used and enthusiastically endorsed by countless agencies

-Massachusetts Safety Officers League

-South Shore Chiefs of Police Association

-Lisa Fiore, Director of the Early Childhood Program at Lesley University

-Hundreds of police departments

-Hundreds of non-profit community organizations and foundations

-Hundreds of schools

-Child Care Facilities, Parenting and Mothers Groups, Head Start Programs

Television Specials
Television SpecialsPrime Time Television Specials & Documentaries

 

-WCVB Channel 5 (ABC BOSTON): Special on LICSF and its in-school programs aired before the football game on Thanksgiving Day

-WMUR Channel 9 (ABC NEW HAMPSHIRE): New Hampshire Chronicle Special

-LICSF invited by theWHDH Channel 7 (NBC BOSTON) Health and Fitness Fair to perform its safety, educational programs in front of an audience of 90,000 attendees.

-WNDS (INDEPENDENT BOSTON) Children’s  Safety  Special.  Lil’  Iguana  made   history by appearing on the prime time Nielsen ratings  with  a  locally  produced  children’s television show.

 

The White House
The White HouseInvitations

The Lil’ Iguana Foundation has been invited to the White House on several occasions to discuss its work, most recently by President Bush for the signing of the Amber  Alert bill.  The LICSF was also invited to President Bush’s National Conference on Childhood Safety.

Tall Ships 2000
Tall Ships 2000Radio DisneyTM partnership

Radio  DisneyTM  partnered  with  Lil’ Iguana  before a crowd of  400,000 over two days to teach children’s safety at Tall Ships 2000

Bob's Discount Furniture
Bob's Discount FurnitureBob & Cathy from Bob's Discount Furniture appear in a Public Service Announcement for the Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation

Clifton Davis
Clifton DavisActor Clifton Davis appears in an infomercial promoting the Lil' Iguana's Children's Safety Foundation and it's products

The  Lil’  Iguana  Foundation  has been recognized regionally and nationally as an authority on child safety. Public officials, journalists, educators, and health care professionals seek our advice on their own child safety projects.

Meet Our Characters

 

Lil' Iguana
Lil' Iguana
lil’ iguana is a fun loving ten year old boy. Being the oldest in his group of friends, lil’ iguana has taken on the responsibility of looking out for others. He is always safe, friendly, polite and willing to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Most of all, lil’ iguana enjoys spending time with his family and friends, and traveling the country teaching other children that “A Safe & Happy Childhood Lasts A Lifetime!”

 

Alli
Alli
Alli is a beautiful five year old girl. Being lil’ iguana’s younger sister, Alli has been taught how important safety is. She is anxious to learn more, and looks to lil’ iguana for help when necessary. Alli enjoys flowers, playing dress-up and going to the park with lil’iguana and her twin sister C.K.

 

 

 

CK
CK
C.K. is an outgoing five year old girl. She is one of lil’ iguana’s younger sisters. Slightly opposite of her twin sister Alli, C.K. is often described as a risk taker and a tom boy. Because of her adventurous personality, C.K. often finds herself with lil’ iguana learning how to be safe and still have fun while she plays. Her favorite activities include playing cops and robbers, being with her friends and family and collecting bugs.
Cooter
Cooter
Cooter is an artistic eight year old boy. He has often been called “the joker” of the group. He enjoys harmless practical jokes and he loves comedy. When Cooter isn’t playing jokes or playing with his friends, you can bet he’s probably drawing or painting.

 

 

 

Jags
Jags
Jags is an athletic ten year old girl. She met lil’ iguana when she started school, and they have been friends ever since. Jags has always liked sports and loves to get together with her friends for a day of fun and games.

 

 

 

Jerboa
Jerboa
Jerboa is an excitable nine year old boy who always wants to try new things. He moved to lil’ iguana’s neighborhood when he was in first grade, and quickly made friends. Jerboa enjoys listening to music and playing video games.
Joe Jack Rabbit
Joe Jack Rabbit
Joe Jack Rabbit is an energetic nine year old boy. Joe is very athletic. Above all he enjoys basketball, but any sport is fun. When Joe isn’t playing sports he likes to spend time with his family.

 

 

 

 

Henny
Henny

 

 

 

 

 

 

Roose
Roose

 

 

 

BACKGROUND

The Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation (LICSF) is an innovative non-profit foundation that uses award-winning prevention programs that have saved children from abduction, sexual abuse, child predators, and serious accidental injuries over the past 20 years. This is achieved through proactive, music-based programs that are designed specifically for children ages 2 through 8. The LICSF has been featured in national publications/national programming, enthusiastically endorsed by safety-officer leagues, acclaimed universities and higher-education institutions, head start programs, and hundreds of schools, child care facilities, police departments, and parenting groups.

 

sales positions

 

 

The Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation is seeking an Fundraising Coordinator to join our team and help the Foundation continue to grow and strengthen its presence throughout New England.

A primary goal is to reinforce existing relationships as well as cultivate new ones to secure and sustain sponsorship, support, and advertisements to fund our educational programming.

Fundraising Coordinators will develop and maintain a lead and follow-up system for securing sponsorships through cold calling and business referrals. Candidates must have excellent communication and organization skills.

Flexible hours and work from home option. This is a commission-based position with no limit on earnings.

Contact Erica for more information or to schedule an interview: (603) 881-9805 or Erica@liliguanausa.org

 

event bookings

 

 

The Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation is currently seeking event coordinators to book in-classroom programs and live stage show performances throughout New England.  Event Coordinators may secure bookings at  child care facilities, elementary schools, community events, etc.

This is a commission-based position with the ability to work from home.

Contact the office with questions or to set-up an interview
(603) 881-9805
Careers@liliguanausa.org

 

stage show performers

 

 

The Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation is currently seeking mature male and female performers between the ages of 16-26 to help present our Lil’ Iguana Live Stage Shows throughout the New England area.  Performers must be comfortable performing on stage in front of crowds of adults and children.  This includes engaging members of the audience by moving back and forth across the stage confidently.  The stage show is a musical performance, and the performer must be comfortable lip-syncing or singing to a pre-recorded back-up track.  Stage shows consist of six pre-recorded songs teaching six unique safety lessons.  These songs are prefaced with a skit relating to these safety messages.  Stage shows run about 45-minutes in length.  Performers must be able to deliver a continuously high-energy performance for the 45-minute show duration.

After the interview process is complete, performers will attend at least 5 rehearsal practices before they are booked in performances.  Performers must also attend a stage show performance in order to take notes on how other performers use the stage and engage the audience.

To learn more about Lil’ Iguana’s live stage shows, visit the Programs Page of the website.  On the top of the page is a video showcasing the live stage show.  Also please visit the Lil’ Iguana Youtube Page to watch more videos of the live stage performance.

Performances are scheduled throughout New England.  Contact the office with questions or to set-up an interview
(603) 881-9805
Careers@liliguanausa.org

costume character performers

 

 

The Lil’ Iguana’s Children’s Safety Foundation is currently seeking costume character performers to attend Meet & Greet appearances and to present our Lil’ Iguana Live Stage Shows throughout the New England area.

Meet & Greets consist of meeting Lil’ Iguana fans at community events.  Costume characters should be comfortable engaging with fans at the events through high fives, hugs, autographs, etc.

Costume Characters must be comfortable performing on stage inside the Lil’ Iguana costume.  Costume Characters must be able to deliver a high-energy performance continuously for the 45-minute show.  This includes engaging members of the audience by moving back and forth across the stage confidently inside the costume.  Characters must not appear awkward or uncomfortable while performing onstage.  The stage show is a musical performance so costume characters must be comfortable dancing along to the music in the show.  Stage shows consist of six pre-recorded songs teaching six unique safety lessons.  These songs are prefaced with a skit relating to these safety messages.  Stage shows run about 45-minutes in length.

After the interview process is complete, performers will attend at least 5 rehearsal practices before they are booked in performances.  Performers must also attend a stage show performance in order to take notes on how other performers use the stage and engage the audience.

To learn more about Lil’ Iguana’s live stage shows, visit the Programs Page of the website.  On the top of the page is a video showcasing the live stage show.  Also please visit the Lil’ Iguana Youtube Page to watch more videos of the live stage performance.

Performances are scheduled throughout New England.  Contact the office with questions or to set-up an interview
(603) 881-9805
Careers@liliguanausa.org