Online Classes (NEW!)

Public health is self-defense! IMPACT Bay Area is offering online classes to empower the community during the pandemic. From using your voice to expanding your self-care toolkit, we are here to help you and your loved ones grow your safety and confidence while remaining safe at home in support of public health. Sign up for one of our upcoming classes below (more dates added regularly).

When deciding to enroll and participate, we encourage you to keep in mind that online classes are open to the public and therefore less of a controlled environment than in-person classes. We believe confidentiality is an important part of safety, and your instructors will talk more about this in the session.

Suggested donation: $10-30, no one turned away for lack of funds

IMPACT believes self-defense is for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. As a small nonprofit that has had to cancel all in-person classes since March, any donation is meaningful at this time. If you are in a position to offer financial support, we suggest a tax-deductible donation of $10-30 per class.


  • 9/22 Using Your Voice: Intro to Verbal Strategies

    Register here

    This 90-minute class provides an introduction to verbal strategies that can be used to address situations that may arise in everyday life. We cover boundary setting, deescalation, and bystander intervention strategies and provide some opportunities to practice.

    Suggested donation (click here to donate): $10-30, no one turned away for lack of funds.

    Tuesday, September 22, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Online via Zoom
    0 RSVPs
  • 9/26 Grounding and Adrenaline Management During Pandemic

    Space is limited, pre-registration required: Register here

    This 90-minute class focuses on discussing our current lived experience during the pandemic and offers supportive tools for grounding and adrenaline management. At IMPACT, we work with the adrenal response of the body because it's this system that comes on alert when stressed. In this class, participants will learn and practice skills to process and manage their own adrenaline, including voice, movement, and visualization, and will leave with an enhanced toolkit for self-care.

    Suggested donation (click here to donate): $10-30, no one turned away for lack of funds.

    Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 01:30 PM
    Online via Zoom
    0 RSVPs
  • 9/26 Facing AAPI Race-Based Harassment

    Space is limited, pre-registration required: Register here

    This 90-minute class will introduce strategies that can be helpful in the face of race-based harassment like adrenaline management, de-escalation, and verbal boundary setting, as well as bystander intervention. This class is for AAPI identified and presenting individuals. Registration required, limited to 25 participants in each class.

    Suggested donation (click here to donate): $10-30, no one turned away for lack of funds.

    Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 03:00 PM
    Online via Zoom
    0 RSVPs
  • 9/26 Burmese Interpretation: Facing AAPI Race-Based Harassment

    Space is limited, pre-registration required: Register here

    This 2-hour class will introduce strategies that can be helpful in the face of race-based harassment like adrenaline management, de-escalation, and verbal boundary setting, as well as bystander intervention. This class is for AAPI identified and presenting individuals. Instructors will speak English with Burmese interpretation. Registration required, limited to 25 participants in each class.

    Suggested donation (click here to donate): $10-30, no one turned away for lack of funds.

    Saturday, September 26, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Online via Zoom
    0 RSVPs
  • 10/03 Bystander Intervention

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    This 90-minute class covers personal boundary setting skills as well as best practices for intervention when witnessing harassment or other unsafe situations. Students have the opportunity to practice strategies to keep oneself and others safe in realistic scenarios. The skills practiced in class are designed to increase felt sense of confidence, ability to set boundaries, break “group freeze” and mobilize community assistance.

    Suggested donation (click here to donate): $10-30, no one turned away for lack of funds.

    Saturday, October 03, 2020 at 01:00 PM
    Online via Zoom
    0 RSVPs
  • 10/14 Intro to Personal Safety

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    This one-hour class provides an overview of IMPACT Bay Area's approach to personal safety! In this class, students develop intuition, situational awareness, congruent body language, and verbal skills to deescalate and deter assault and harassment, as well as learn two simple and effective physical techniques.

    Suggested donation (click here to donate): $10-30, no one turned away for lack of funds.

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Online via Zoom
    0 RSVPs
  • 10/22 Using Your Voice: Intro to Verbal Strategies

    Register here

    This 90-minute class provides an introduction to verbal strategies that can be used to address situations that may arise in everyday life. We cover boundary setting, deescalation, and bystander intervention strategies and provide some opportunities to practice.

    Suggested donation (click here to donate): $10-30, no one turned away for lack of funds.

    Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 06:00 PM
    Online via Zoom
    0 RSVPs
  • 10/25 Teen Empowerment Self-Defense Workshop

    Register here

    This two-hour workshop focuses on preventing stranger and peer violence while empowering students to understand, respect, and defend their own boundaries. Students have the opportunity to practice verbal boundary setting with strangers as well as people they know. Students learn to honor their own intuition, set and defend their boundaries, and gain increased confidence and safety skills. This class is open to participants of all genders ages 12-16.

    Suggested donation (click here to donate): $10-30, no one turned away for lack of funds.

    Sunday, October 25, 2020 at 12:00 PM
    Online via Zoom
    0 RSVPs
  • 10/27 Facing AAPI Race-Based Harassment

    Space is limited, pre-registration required: Register here

    This 90-minute class will introduce strategies that can be helpful in the face of race-based harassment like adrenaline management, de-escalation, and verbal boundary setting, as well as bystander intervention. This class is for AAPI identified and presenting individuals. Registration required, limited to 25 participants in each class.

    Suggested donation (click here to donate): $10-30, no one turned away for lack of funds.

    Tuesday, October 27, 2020 at 06:30 PM
    Online via Zoom
    0 RSVPs
  • 11/08 Bystander Intervention

    Register here

    This 90-minute class covers personal boundary setting skills as well as best practices for intervention when witnessing harassment or other unsafe situations. Students have the opportunity to practice strategies to keep oneself and others safe in realistic scenarios. The skills practiced in class are designed to increase felt sense of confidence, ability to set boundaries, break “group freeze” and mobilize community assistance.

    Suggested donation (click here to donate): $10-30, no one turned away for lack of funds.

    Sunday, November 08, 2020 at 01:00 PM
    Online via Zoom
    0 RSVPs