LGBTQ Classes

IMPACT has scholarships available for all classes and we also accept payment through the Massachusetts Victim’s Compensation program
To apply for a scholarship please visit the “Scholarship Opportunities ” page located at the bottom of the CLASS OPTIONS menu to the right of the screen.
To pay through Victim’s Compensation please email us at:
*Unless otherwise stated, all classes are located at 420 Pearl Street in Malden, MA.

A message to our community:

Due to the pandemic we are not currently offering in-person classes. Information about LGBTQ in-person classes we normally offer (and will offer again when the situation improves) is below. If you would like to join our email list and be notified when we start running in-person classes again, email us at



Introduction to Self-Defense
Open to adults & teens of all genders ages 16+
Course Fee: Sliding Scale $5-35

In this virtual introductory workshop you will learn the skills to physically and verbally protect yourself from unsafe situations. Through videos and live instruction, you’ll practice communicating assertively, resisting coercion and intimidation, and using physical strikes to protect your body.

Upcoming Introduction to Self-Defense Classes:

October: October 5, 6:00-8:00pm EST

To pay full price ($35), please register online using the button below:


To pay another amount on the sliding scale (between $5-35), you can register by emailing or calling 781-321-3900

Healthy Relationships, Consent & Self-Defense for Teens
9 hours, 6 Online Sessions, open to girls, women, nonbinary & LGBTQ people ages 14-22
Course Fee: Sliding Scale $85–175

Quotes from students:

What does a healthy relationship look like? How do you know your limits? How do you communicate them to people in your life?

This online class teaches teens a range of skills for staying safe and sane as they navigate dating, relationships, friendships, life changes, and the uncertainty of the pandemic. Designed for our new digital reality, teens will get the opportunity to practice physical and verbal self-defense skills, assertive communication and bystander intervention. They will also engage in critical discussions that help them define what they want out of relationships and how to advocate for themselves. By the end of the course, students will have a clearer vision of how to take control of their lives and take care of themselves during & beyond the pandemic.

Students Gain:

  • Social context for violence and how to prevent it
  • Risk assessment tools when they detect threats to emotional & physical safety
  • Understanding of healthy relationships & their own limits
  • Verbal & physical strategies to handle unsafe situations
  • Strategies for intervening as a bystander
  • Confidence in their ability to ask for what they want

Students who took this course online said:

“I expected that this class would be primarily focused on physical skills, but this class offered me just as much mental growth. I feel much more ready for future relationships in multiple ways, including being clear and direct with others… I think that this will really contribute to my confidence in college.”

“The most helpful part of this class were the discussions. If this class was only learning physical moves I don’t think I would have gotten as much out of it as I have. Because we had lots of discussions and worked together in small groups I felt that we also made a stronger class community. The online platform was great and I really enjoyed it.”

Upcoming Healthy Relationships, Consent, & Self-Defense for Teens Classes: 

October class: Tuesdays & Thursdays October 6, 8, 13, 15, 20, & 22 from 5:00-6:30pm EST

December class: Mondays & Wednesdays November 30, December 2, 7, 9, 14 & 16 from 5:00-6:30pm EST

To pay full price ($175), please register online using the button below:


To pay another amount on the sliding scale (between $85-175), you can register by emailing or calling 781-321-3900

Assertiveness & Boundary Setting
8 hours, all genders, ages 14+
Course fee: $185

Many people find that the ability to set and maintain boundaries greatly enhances their sense of safety. This 8-hour all-verbal course teaches students skills for effective communication and negotiation in stressful situations. Practicing these skills in realistic scenarios, students have the opportunity to become comfortable staying calm and articulate while explaining their needs in situations involving strangers, co-workers, acquaintances, friends, family and partners.

Upcoming Assertiveness & Boundary Setting Classes:

November Weekend: 11/14/20 + 11/15/20, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm both days




LGBTQ Core Program
20 hours, LGBTQ+ people of all genders, ages 14+
Course fee: sliding scale $50 – $450

Our sliding scale option allows participants decide how much they can pay.  To pay using this option please email us at or call the office at (781) 321-3900

*Previously called LGBTQ Basics

In a supportive environment, students learn verbal and physical self-defense skills that are useful in scenarios including verbal harassment, physical assaults, and attempted sexual assaults. Skills taught are relevant to situations involving both strangers and familiar people. IMPACT courses emphasize awareness and de-escalation skills to avert situations that require physical defense. Physical and verbal skills taught are relevant to situations involving strangers and familiar people. Taught by instructors who are part of or familiar with LGBTQ communities, this also includes strategies to address bias-related violence.

Payment for this class is on a sliding scale from $50-$450, students decide what they can pay. If you would like to register and are paying less than $450 please call the office at (781) 321-3900. Scholarships and Victim’s Compensation are also available.

Upcoming LGBTQ Core Classes: TBD


IMPACT Review Class
6 hours, all genders, for grads of Core Programs
Course fee: $150

A chance for students who have graduated from our Core Program to review teaching pieces and practice their verbal and physical skills in realistic scenarios.

Upcoming IMPACT Review Classes: TBD


Assertiveness & Boundary Setting Part 2
4 hours, Graduates of Assertiveness & Boundary Setting only
Course fee: $95

This 4-hour course begins with a review of the concepts and skills learned in the Assertiveness & Boundary Setting class, and adds strategies for dealing with the defensiveness often exhibited by people during difficult conversations. As always the emphasis is on practicing the skills learned in realistic scenarios. Assertiveness & Boundary Setting is a prerequisite.

Upcoming A + B Part 2 Classes: TBD


College Bound Safety
12 hours, open to girls, women, nonbinary & LBGTQ people, ages 14+
Course fee: $200

For over 20 years IMPACT has taught practical, relevant safety skills to teens across Massachusetts. As students navigate increasing independence, and face the realities of sexual violence on & off campus, IMPACT will give them tools to maintain their own safety and speak up to advocate for safe and healthy communities.

Upcoming College Bound Safety Classes: TBD


Introduction to IMPACT for Trauma Survivors
6 hours, all genders, ages 14+
Course fee: $150

This class provides a slow and gradual introduction to physical and verbal IMPACT self-defense skills. This six hour course allows students to learn basic self-defense skills as well as discuss trauma responses and how they affect the body.

Upcoming Intro to IMPACT for Trauma Survivors Classes: TBD




For more information call (781) 321-3900 or email us at