January 13, 2010 12:40FYI: January is National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month.
WomenStrength, a free holistic self-defense program sponsored by the Portland Police Bureau, has extended its recruitment for women who are interested in becoming volunteer instructors. 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.
This is the first time training will be offered 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 all ages, color and who are bilingual are especially encouraged to apply.
Interested individuals should contact either of the WomenStrength/GirlStrength coordinators below by January 19, 2010.
Sara K. Johnson Carolyne Haycraft
WomenStrength Director GirlStrength Coordinator
(503) 823-0260 (503) 823-0239
Sgt. Pete Simpson