IMPACT Bay Area

IMPACT Bay Area

IMPACT offers violence-prevention programs for women, youth, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and others to embody their own power, set effective boundaries, defend their physical and emotional safety, and heal. We envision a courageous and caring community that embraces healthy boundaries with physical and emotional safety for everyone. Our method of training all

IMPACT Bay Area

IMPACT offers violence-prevention programs for women, youth, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and others to embody their own power, set effective boundaries, defend their physical and emotional safety, and heal. We envision a courageous and caring community that embraces healthy boundaries with physical and emotional safety for everyone. Our method of training all techniques in full-force, scenario-based practice provides each student with the felt experience of their own strength and power, and the confidence of their body's muscle memory. Our courses range from 1-24 hours and are designed to be trauma-sensitive.

About the Organization:

IMPACT offers violence-prevention programs for women, youth, LGBTQ+, BIPOC, and others to embody their own power, set effective boundaries, defend their physical and emotional safety, and heal. We envision a courageous and caring community that embraces healthy boundaries with physical and emotional safety for everyone. Our method of training all techniques in full-force, scenario-based practice provides each student with the felt experience of their own strength and power, and the confidence of their body's muscle memory. Our courses range from 1-24 hours and are designed to be trauma-sensitive.

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

26-30 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National • District of Columbia • Illinois • New York • Texas • Utah • Virginia

organizational budget

$100,000 - $500,000

existence for

26-30 YEARS

Organization benefits AAPIs residing in the following state(s):

National • District of Columbia • Illinois • New York • Texas • Utah • Virginia

The Issue:

The COVID-19 pandemic shined a light on anti-AAPI racism; reports of race-based harassment and violence soared. From March 2020 to March 2021, over 6,000 incidents were reported to Stop AAPI Hate, with women and seniors bearing the brunt. Having offered violence prevention programs for over two decades, we began offering trainings designed specifically for resisting anti-Asian violence and other forms of oppression in our community. After offering these trainings to hundreds of people over the past year, we want to create a longer training specifically designed for this community that builds individual power to resist violence and oppression.

The Solution:

We plan to create a long-form training for AAPIs to build individual power. The course will combine our signature empowerment self-defense curriculum, as well as our facing race-based harassment, interrupting oppression, and bystander intervention curriculum. Led by AAPI instructors and informed by feedback from our community, this course will recognize and refine resistance strategies we already have, explore new tools, and practice standing up for ourselves and our communities. Additionally we plan to recruit candidates from this course to train to become instructors so that they use their skills and experience to build more power in the community. Our instructor training program is more than 200 hours and includes learning best practices for teaching verbal and physical empowerment self-defense techniques, how to support students who have experienced trauma, and supervised practicum hours.

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