Empower the Girls We Love: Local Mom and Safety Expert Offers Life Safety Skills and Strategies for Teen Girls and Moms Offered in May

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Personal safety training seminars for women available in Boca Raton, May 24 and 25, 2013.

Essential information, potentially lifesaving. Everyone should have these skills, they are empowering.

Spring season is upon us, which means proms, graduation, parties, nights out and preparing for summer freedom. Whether your daughter is heading off to college, planning a trip with her classmates or simply going to the movies, her greater independence brings a new responsibility of keeping herself safe.

Preparing for your daughter’s personal safety as she matures is a must, as much as giving driving lessons. Many young women truly don’t understand the potential dangers of being on their own, even within the confines of a college campus. In fact, as high school graduates head out for the freedom of college life, there’s one fact that they are probably not aware of: A Department of Justice study revealed that most schools "vastly under report" sexual assault – and as many as one in four women are raped before graduation (http://www.cops.usdoj.gov/pdf/e03021472.pdf).

As a mother of two daughters, local resident Ellen van Olden feels the same way other moms feel about their girls. “Nothing is more important than the health and safety of my girls and preparing them with life safety skills they can actually use to reduce their risk of becoming a victim,” said van Olden. With her experience in the safety and security training industry since 1987, Ellen see the life-changing event of graduation as an opportunity to help educate and empower girls who are becoming more independent.

Prompted by her passion for every girl to have these skills before heading off to college, Ellen has developed a comprehensive personal safety training program, titled Empower the Girls We Love: Personal Safety Training 101, a SAM® Training, LLC course. Empower the Girls will bring Ellen’s expertise, training and no-nonsense approach to personal safety to all women of the community. Empower the Girls benefits all women, with a focus on high school and college-aged girls (ages 16-24 years old). This three-hour safety and self-defense program will prepare individuals with confidence building and skills to raise awareness and encourage personal safety at all times.

The Empower the Girls program includes instruction on building awareness, identifying potentially dangerous situations, and trusting instincts. It also teaches physical skills for self-defense. In this fast-paced and interactive program, participants will learn to:

  •     Increase overall personal safety through awareness, confidence and sense of empowerment.
  •     Reduce the risk becoming a victim through proactive preventions, defensive options and escape techniques.
  •     Enhance personal safety and ability to protect one’s self and others from dangerous situations.

The next Empower the Girls event will be held on Friday and Saturday, May 24 and 25 at:

Saint Andrew’s School
3600 Jog Road
Boca Raton, FL 33434

Friday’s class is from 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. Two sessions on Saturday are available from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. or 2:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Registration is available online at http://www.samprograms.com/schedule_cal.php. The fee is $95 per person or $75 per person when registering two or more.

Please feel free to give the gift of empowerment by making a one-time donation at http://www.samprograms.com and clicking on “Donate.” Corporate sponsors can reach Ellen van Olden at ellen(at)samprograms(dot)com, 954-255-6300, or Lisa Campanelli-Rose at lisa(dot)rose(at)campanellidesigns(dot)com, 954-849-0591.

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