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The City of Portland, Oregon

Police Bureau

Sworn to protect. Dedicated to serve.

Phone: 503-823-0000

Non-Emergency: 503-823-3333

1111 S.W. 2nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97204

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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. GirlStrength is designed to meet the developmental needs of youth ages 10-17. The programs, workshops and classes are inclusive and offered to any youth who identifies as a girl, or whose gender expression is female, fluid or non conforming. Learn More! Throughout the school year, GirlStrength offers nine week programs for girls in grades 5-8 as well as workshops for girls of all ages throughout the city.

We share the same philosophy as our sister program, WomenStrength, and offer empowerment self-defense classes and personal safety workshops all over Portland. Since 2008, GirlStrength has trained approximately 7,000 girls in personal safety and violence prevention techniques.


Want more GirlStrength? Join our Youth Advisory Board!  

Did you have fun taking a GirlStrength class, camp or workshop? Want to get involved with our organization and help make our classes and programs even better? Join our Youth Advisory Board!

The GirlStrength youth advisory board is a group that will meet once a month (every first Tuesday after school) with the goal of continuing students’ GirlStrength education and involving them in the process of developing curriculum and activities for GirlStrength classes. We will also take on a project of the girls’ choosing that focuses on youth empowerment, healthy relationships, gender structures or any other relevant topics that they are excited to dive into!

Download the application [PDF], fill it out and either scan and email it or send it in the mail!


10225 E Burnside St.
Portland, OR 97215



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