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WomenStrength

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Welcome to WomenStrength! 

WomenStrength is a program of the Portland Police Bureau.  Since 1979, we have provided free self-defense classes and personal safety workshops to people around the Portland area.  We have taught self-defense skills to approximately 30,000 women and teenage girls, and personal safety workshops to over 100,000 women and men.

 

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Are you 18 or older and live in the Portland or surrounding area? Would you like a $25 gift certificate in exchange for an hour of your time?

We are looking for women to participate in our study on the effectiveness of taking self-defense classes. If you have NEVER taken one of our WomenStrength classes, and you are willing to complete 2 surveys, then we need you! 

Each survey will take approximately 30 minutes and can be completed online or a hard copy can be sent to your home.  You will be asked to complete one survey now and another survey in one year.  The surveys will ask a variety of questions about topics such as your perceptions of yourself, your thoughts about what it means to be a woman, your beliefs about violence and danger, whether you have had unwanted sexual experiences, and your demographic characteristics such as your age and educational background. After completing the second survey, you will receive a $25 gift certificate.

Please email womenstrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov with the following

  • your name
  • email address
  • phone number
  • the name of the community center closest to your home
  • Put “Yes, I want to fill out the survey!” in the subject line

Please feel free to send any questions or concerns you have to the email above. We need your help, and we are happy to answer any questions.

 

Exciting news: BoyStrength program in the works

In December 2013, Portland City Council approved funding for the Portland Police Bureau to pilot a boy's violence prevention and education program in 2014. The mission of the BoyStrength program will be to foster awareness, redefine masculinity, and encourage boys to be leaders in nonviolence. For more information on the program, including in-depth goals and volunteer opportunities, click here.

 

Do you have an event you would like WomenStrength or GirlStrength to attend?

 WomenStrength and GirlStrength are happy to set up booths or tables at events so that we can spread the word about the fantastic services the programs have to offer. Our booths provide program information, information and resources on violence against women, facts and myths about violence and sexual assault, as well as information and tips for personal safety.

 

Please fill out a Booth/Tabling Request Form and submit it to WomenStrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov or GirlStrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov

  

Empower women and girls: Be a volunteer!

WomenStrength and GirlStrength are looking for confident, caring and dedicated women to volunteer their time to teach free holistic self-defense classes.

 

 Opportunities include:

  • Self-Defense Instructors
  • Administrative Volunteers
  • Grant Writers 

No experience necessary! We encourage women of all ages and backgrounds to apply.

 

2015 Winter-Spring Instructor Training

February of 2015 

Applications Accepted:  TBA

Deadline for Application:  TBA

  

Learn more about Volunteer Instructor Training or other Volunteer Opportunities

 

Then fill out one of the following applications and email the completed application to WomenStrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov

 

Download the Volunteer Instructor Application

Download the Volunteer Administration Application

 

For more information contact:

WomenStrength

Email: WomenStrength.pb@portlandoregon.gov

Telephone: 503-823-0262

 

>> Volunteer Instructor Training



Twitter

  • "I'm very glad .@PortlandPolice support this program. I want to become an instructor & bring this to other cities in Oregon." - Participant 2 days ago
  • To register for our Friendly House class, call 503-228-4391. For Mulnomah Arts Center, click here: http://t.co/Mm4e4gIWIv 2 days ago
  • We have two BoyStrength camps with currently low enrollment numbers: one at Friendly House CC & one at Multnomah Arts Center. 2 days ago
  • BoyStrength is also a new, pilot program. It is a great resource for boys from all backgrounds. 2 days ago
  • Our BoyStrength program is ready to teach boys (ages 10-14) about nonviolent leadership & self healing. It is an amazing, free resource. 2 days ago

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