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GirlStrength

Volunteer Instructor Training: Begins February 2015

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Welcome to GirlStrength!

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 5,000 girls and 200 boys in personal safety and violence prevention techniques.  

 

 

 

Exciting news: BoyStrength program in the works

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. 

 

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    Oregonian: 5/28/2010

    GirlStrength, a Portland Police Bureau program, teaches self-defense and helps build confidence.

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