Classes for Teens & Young Adults


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 CLASSES menu. 
To pay through Victim’s Compensation or using the sliding scale option please email us at: info@impactboston.org
For information on other classes for people ages 14 and older please see the class pages for Women, Men, and LGBTQ people.

A message to our community:

Due to the pandemic we are not currently offering in-person classes. Information about teen in-person classes we normally offer (and will offer again when the situation improves) is below, as well as information about upcoming online classes. If you would like to join our email list and be notified when we start running in-person classes again, email us at info@impactboston.org.

ONLINE CLASSES:

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:

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

 

Self-Defense for Women of Color
2-session course, ages 16+
Course Fee: Sliding scale, pay what you can – $0-50

In this class, students learn how to resist threats, intimidation and violence perpetrated by strangers and familiar people. In our supportive, trauma-informed environment, students learn assertive verbal boundary setting techniques and physical skills to defend against a number of threatening scenarios including front confrontations, attacks from behind, ground fighting, and more. No experience in learning physical skills is necessary. In this interactive virtual space, the moves are taught through video demonstration/discussion with trained instructors, and practicing in your own space. This two-session course is intended to be a safe space reserved for woman-identified students of color.

To pay full price ($50), please register online using the button below:

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To join for free, please register online using the same button (above) and enter the discount code WOC1

To pay another amount on the sliding scale (between $0-50), you can register by emailing info@impactboston.org or calling 781-321-3900

9/17 & 9/24, 6:30-8:30pm EST,

Upcoming Self-Defense for Women of Color Classes:

September: 9/17 & 9/24, 6:30-8:30pm EST

Safe & Sane Online Dating
1-session workshop or 4-session class, open to all genders (most relevant to women who date men) ages 18+
Course Fee (Workshop): Sliding scale, pay what you can – $5-35
Course Fee (Class): Sliding scale, pay what you can – $75-150

Online dating can be daunting, exhausting, and potentially risky. It can also be empowering, and facilitate connections between people who never would have met IRL. This course will provide tools for staying safe & sane while dating online (during Covid & beyond), assessing potential new partners when you don’t have much information about them, and preserving your sanity while you wade through a dating pool full of men displaying large fish. [This class will be most relevant to women who date men, but all are welcome].

Upcoming Safe & Sane Online Dating Classes:

Intro Workshops:
Tuesday September 22, 6-8pm EST
Or
Tuesday November 17, 6-8pm EST
(Sliding Scale $5-$35)

Full Class:
Wednesdays October 7, 14, 21, 28, 6:30-8pm EST
(Sliding Scale: $75-$150)

To pay full price ($35 for the workshop or $150 for the class), please register online using the button below:

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To pay another amount on either of the sliding scales, you can register by emailing info@impactboston.org or calling 781-321-3900

IN-PERSON CLASSES:

College Bound Safety
12 hours, ages 14+, Open to girls, women, nonbinary & LGBTQ people
Course Fee: $250

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 campus, IMPACT will give them tools to maintain their own safety and speak up to advocate for safe and healthy communities.

Students learn:
• Physical and verbal self-protection skills
• Strategies to stop attempted sexual assaults
• Strategies for sexual assaults perpetrated by people they know
• Assertive communication
• How to safely intervene when a friend is at risk
• Tools to recognize unhealthy relationships
• To communicate with strength & confidence

Upcoming College Bound Safety Classes: TBD

 

Teen Boys Class
8 hours, teen boys ages 14-18

Course fee: $200

In this course students will learn the skills to de-escalate conflicts, avoid being drawn into fights, as well as verbal and physical self-defense skills. Students will also learn skills to speak up and intervene when other people’s safety is at risk.

Students learn:

Verbal de-escalation skills
How to stay calm when someone is trying to provoke them

Verbal self-defense skills
How to avoid a fight, how to keep a threat from turning into a physical fight

Physical Self-Protection
As a last resort how to protect themselves if someone physically attacks them

How to help others stay safe
What to do if someone they know is attempting to sexually or physically assault someone else

Upcoming Teen Boys Classes: TBD

 

 

 

For more information call (781) 321-3900 or email us at info@impactboston.org