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December 09, 2008 00:00



WomenStrength, a free self-defense program sponsored by the Portland Police Bureau, is recruiting women interested in becoming volunteer instructors. WomenStrength’s next annual training begins in March 2009. No experience is required to become an instructor; however, volunteer instructors are expected to complete a rigorous 100-hour training program. Women of color and bilingual women are especially encouraged to apply.

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. WomenStrength remains committed to offering the free self-defense classes to women throughout the Portland area.

Applications for volunteer instructors must be requested by December 15, 2008. For more information or to request an application, contact WomenStrength Director Sara K. Johnson, at (503) 823-0260.



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