1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204
GirlStrength is a free violence prevention program offered through the Family Services Division of the Portland Police Bureau. GirlStrength is designed to meet the developmental needs of youth ages 10-17. The programs, workshops and classes are inclusive and offered to all youth who identify as female; or whose gender expression is female, fluid or non conforming. GirlStrength offers nine week programs for grades 5-8 and a new high school program for grades 9-12. GirlStrength shares the same philosophy as its sister program, WomenStrength, and offers holistic self-defense classes and personal safety workshops throughout the city of Portland. Since 2008, GirlStrength has trained approximately 6,500 girls and 200 boys in personal safety and violence prevention techniques.
In 2015, GirlStrength partnered with East Portland Community Center and IRCO (Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization) on the #IAm Campaign. This campaign - now called #teenforce - was part of the Mayor's Initiative for Portland's Youth.
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