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Youth Workshops & Programs

5-Week Empowerment Self Defense Course

Open to teen and pre-teen girls (cisgender and transgender) and all transgender and gender non-conforming youth across the spectrum.

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Power, Action, Change for Teens (PACT)

PACT is a self-defense, self-care and social justice after-school program for middle and high school girls, transgender or gender non-conforming youth across the spectrum. Pre-teen and teens meet at CAE’s Brooklyn Center every Thursday afternoon from 4:30 to 6:00 pm throughout the school year and train in physical, verbal and emotional self-defense techniques.

Peer Educator Internship Program

High School teens who identify as girls, transgender or are gender-nonconforming (across the spectrum) and have graduated PACT are eligible to train as Social Justice Activists and Instructors at CAE’s Brooklyn Center. After a summer-training camp, they continue their internship throughout the year teaching self-defense and Upstander techniques (CAE’s Bystander Intervention techniques) to their peers in schools, community organizations, faith-based groups, and in public places like parks and libraries.

Pride Protectors Internship Program

Youth ages 15-24 who identify as Transgender or Gender Non-Conforming and have trained in CAE’s five-ten week empowerment self-defense course are eligible to apply to our Social Activist program.