Last night, the girls at Helen Smith Group Home were treated to a self-defense workshop provided by one of our volunteers. The girls and the staff participated. Travis taught them some basic self defense techniques and the girls had a lot of questions!
The workshop started off with some simple ways to avoid confrontation; be the peacemaker, make eye contact, be aware of your surroundings. Then they practiced specific ways to defend oneself in a variety of situations. They learned the basics of how to quickly disable an attacker and escape.
The workshop was invaluable for building the girls’ confidence in themselves and their surroundings, especially by teaching them to be more aware of their surroundings.
We are looking forward to Travis coming back to provide self-defense workshops in the coming months for our young mothers, foster youth, and at a boys’ group home!