Want to give back? Volunteers needed to teach free self-defense classes

Brooke Brown and Alley Kelley work with KATU reporter Jackie Labrecque on self-defense techniques. KATU image

Since the mid-1970s, the Portland Police Bureau has provided free self-defense classes to the community. The classes WomenStrength and GirlStrength help people find their voice and learn skills - both verbal and physical - to stand up for themselves.

"It's the most empowering and uplifting thing you can do in life, to share skills, and be around women and supporting each other and just really letting everyone know you're worth defending, you're valuable," says Brooke Brown, an instructor.

All the instructors volunteer their time, and they need help.

They're looking for more people to teach the classes. Each class involves 120 hours of training. If you ask Brooke and her colleague Alley Kelley, they will tell you it's time well spent.

"You can make the difference right here, just by saying, 'I'm going to volunteer to help other women to have a voice,'" Kelley explained.

You can apply to be an instructor by Dec. 11, 2017 and your training would start in the Spring of 2018.

If you're interested in taking a free class, click here for the class schedule.

There is also a BoyStrength class that's "empowering boys to be leaders in non-violence," according to the website.

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