I Just Dropped My Freshman Off - Why College Impact Classes Matter

I've worked with Impact Bay Area for a while now. You might know me as an assistant, a volunteer, a classmate, or most recently as the newly named Program Director. Today I'm writing to you as a big sister who just dropped off her younger sister at Berkeley.

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Wear Your Empowerment on Your Sleeve

Wearing Your Confidence Proudly Makes a Big Impact!

Hello y'all!

We've heard so much interest from our grads and community about our T-Shirts, and we are thrilled to let you know that we're offering THREE new, limited edition T-Shirts. They're on sale to promote our Yes! Celebration - order yours today!

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Make Your Money Go Farther - Employer Donation Matches

Employer and Company Matching
How to Make Your Dollars Go Further for Empowerment

As a small, grassroots nonprofit, every dollar we receive is precious - it becomes one more scholarship, one more student, one more padded suit to keep our Suited Instructors safe - and we recognize that not everyone is able to donate as much as they wish they could for our cause. We understand, and are glad to be able to offer a resource for turning your dollar into 2, 3, even 4 more.

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Impact Staff Retreat 2014

Impact Instructors Talk Techniques at Staff Retreat

From our Executive Director, Lisa Scheff:

"Impact Bay Area classes are uniquely amazing experiences. And that experienceis largely because of our incredible team of instructors. Every Impact instructorbrings something special to this program, but because they are almost all teachingImpact as a second job, they are never all in the same place at the same time to sharetheir knowledge and skills with each other. Thanks to a generous grant from TheMorning Glory Family Foundation, on February 1-2, Impact Bay Area was able forthe first time to take the entire instructor team on a weekend-long retreat to talkabout the program and the curriculum, to workshop new physical techniques, andto discuss new teaching ideas.

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Kenji's Story - Standing Up to a Raging Bully

I was lucky enough to attend both the 2005 and 2007 Impact Bay Area Men's classes. As a tall, thin, but non-violent gay man I'm not the picture of Butch; I generally go through life avoiding the places where I might end up in fights.

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I Got My Kicks in LA

'I Got My Kicks in LA' - Lisa Scheff's Fierce Fight

From Impact Bay Area's Executive Director Lisa Scheff:

"In January, I was lucky enough to join the LA Impact chapter for part of their annual staff retreat.  I love seeing what other chapters are doing with the same basic self-defense principles, and I came back full of new ideas. LA uses some different techniques than our chapter, which made fighting with their suited instructors extra challenging.

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Our Voices are Thunder

"This experience gave me more confidence to set healthy boundaries in my life, to say "No" and even be home alone and walk alone at night. As a young woman in this world, this is incredibly freeing."

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Happy GivingTuesday

On this GivingTuesday, we want to thank you for your support of Impact Bay Area's mission. If this were a perfect world, there would be no need for boundary setting workshops. There would be no need to teach children's self-defense or young adult Basics focusing on college issues. Impact wouldn't exist.

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Let's Hear You ROAR This GivingTuesday

 "I came to Impact because my sense of safety was shattered. Because Impact offered me a scholarship, I was able to take the class... as I speak about the experience with family and friends, I cannot help but use the word "impact" repeatedly to describe its effect. Truly, what a fitting name."

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"I came to Impact because my sense of safety was shattered. Because Impact offered me a scholarship, I was able to take the class... as I speak about the experience with family and friends, I cannot help but use the word "impact" repeatedly to describe its effect. Truly, what a fitting name."

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