On My Own: Independence Skills for Tweens with Defend Yourself

Parents: Is your child—late elementary school or early middle school—heading to school on their own? Walking alone or with other kids? Beginning to take public transit? Staying home alone for longer stretches?

In this workshop geared to the 8 to 12 year-old set, Defend Yourself will share skills that help them be logistically, mentally, and emotionally ready for these and other situations, as well as strategies for if something doesn’t go as planned.

Parents are encouraged to participate, and there will be a short parent session following the workshop.

Spend an afternoon with your tween helping them cultivate independence, critical thinking, and safety… and give yourself some peace of mind.

The workshop will be led by teachers from Defend Yourself, which has been sharing child-safety skills for 20 years! For more info, check out www.defendyourself.org.

Limited scholarship funds are available; if you need financial assistance, please email elizabeth@defendyourself.org In Takoma Park.

Date, Time and Location

Sat, 3/2, 2–4:30p, in Takoma Park

Registration Options


Defend Yourself works to empower people – especially women and others targeted for abuse and assault – to end violence and create a world where they can be fully themselves. Our students learn skills to help them prevent, heal from, and end violence and abuse. We offer more freedom, more confidence, more safety,and more fun!

Defend Yourself works with people of all ages, genders, and walks of life. We have, for example, held classes and workshops at hundreds of D.C.-area schools, faith groups, workplaces, community organizations, and more.