December 09, 2009 14:14WomenStrength, a free holistic self-defense program sponsored by the Portland Police Bureau, is recruiting women of all ages who are interested in becoming volunteer instructors.
The next annual training begins in March 2010. WomenStrength is the longest running, city-sponsored self-defense program in the United States. Since 1979, more than 25,000 women and girls have graduated from the nine-hour training program.
We are also offering a first time training for women who would like to become GirlStrength instructors. GirlStrength shares the same philosophy of WomenStrength and is designed to teach middle school girls, 10-14 years of age.
No self-defense experience is required; however, volunteer instructors are expected to complete a rigorous, but exciting, 100-hour training program. Women of color and bilingual women are especially encouraged to apply.
The deadline for submitting an application is December 15, 2009. For more information about either program, or to request an application, contact:
Sara K. Johnson Carolyne Haycraft
WomenStrength Director GirlStrength Coordinator
(503) 823-0260 (503) 823-0239
Sgt. Pete Simpson