"It was awesome. I want everyone I care about to take this class. " -- participant in 12-hour self-defense course
As the Violence Prevention and Self-Defense manager at Thousand Waves, I've seen the demand for our self-defense programs take off since the end of last year. Now more than ever, people in Chicago and beyond are hungry for tools they can use to feel safe, strong, and respected in all aspects of their lives, and that's what we strive to give them -- but we can't do it alone
Your support enables us to continue bringing our holistic, trauma-informed self-defense and violence prevention toolset to the diverse communities in our city. We don't turn anyone away for inability to pay -- we offer both organizational and individual scholarships upon request. We've also begun offering free Self-Defense and Bystander Intervention workshops at our Center. Even when individuals and organizations pay our full fees, they don't begin to cover our costs.
I am so incredibly fortunate to be able to make my living doing work that I know makes the world a better place, and to do that work surrounded by a supportive community that shares my values of peace through empowerment. And now I turn to you, my extended community, to support Thousand Waves -- because I know that part of my good fortune is your generosity.
I am so grateful for your support. Thank you!