Become a Self-Defense Instructor- Change our Communities


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Sat Feb 04, 2017 06:00 PM - Wed Mar 22, 2017 10:00 PM


1111 SW 2nd Ave,Portland, OR 97204

This could be you!


Want to keep our communities safe?

Teach Holistic Self-defense!

Become a violence prevention instructor for GirlStrength or WomenStrength!

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Deadline is January, 2017 The selection process is competitive. We take 15 instructors per program - Don't wait to apply! What it looks like!

New Volunteer training include evidence-based theory, and curriculum that include: privilege and equity training; the history of rape in our culture; the impact of trauma; prevention of sexual assault; domestic and intimate partner violence; child abuse; bullying behaviors, gang involvement; and human trafficking.

This training also includes learning physicals skills and the how to teach the curriculum. topics include: teaching and learning strategies, classroom management, physical and non-physical self-defense skills. The training is open to women of all ages and backgrounds.

WomenStrength has a 35 year history of teaching personal safety workshops to men and women and free self-defense classes to women of all ages and backgrounds. This is a great opportunity to give back to the community and be part of the Portland Police Bureau. Many of our instructors have volunteered for over five years! Many have moved into new positions and careers as a result of their participation in these programs.

Training dates: February 2-March 22

Classes: Mondays and Wednesdays, 6 pm-10 pm and Saturdays, 9am-5 pm.

Graduation: Wednesday, April 5, 6-9 pm, Justice Center, Portland


  • Adult Education
  • Physical Education
  • Environmental Education
  • Youth Services
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Professional Development

Good Match For

People 55+ Group

Requirements & Commitment

  • Background Check
  • Must be at least 18
  • Orientation or Training
  • Instructors teach classes once a week
  • Passion to keep our communities safe
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