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. Designed to meet the developmental needs of girls 10-17 years of age, 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 5,500 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.
In December 2013, Portland City Council approved funding for the WomenStrength and GirlStrength Directors of the Portland Police Bureau to pilot a boy's violence prevention program. This program was piloted in 2014 and reached over 150 middle school boys. The mission of the BoyStrength program is 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.