Teaching Woman (Self-Defense Assistant/Mentor)



Times of day

Weekday Afternoons

Time Commitment

A few hours per week


Short-Term (few weeks/months)


197A Centre St
United States


What is Girls’ LEAP?

Girls’ LEAP (Lifetime Empowerment & Awareness Program) is an independent, non-profit organization. Girls’ LEAP trains girls and young women aged 8-18 verbal and physical self-defense skills and self-awareness. Girls’ LEAP helps girls develop a diverse set of responses to violence, beyond the extremes of passivity and escalation.

Girls’ LEAP's Physical Skills techniques maximize girls' options and help girls to make safe decisions in spite of fear. The Self-Reflective skills strengthen girls' ability to say "no" in difficult situations, to create safe and constructive boundaries, and to identify and trust their own feelings. We do this through our Self-Defense Programs (20 hours of intensive violence prevention and empowerment training), Teen Mentor Program (our teen leadership development program) and Introductory Workshops (2-4 hour workshops designed to raise awareness).

Girls’ LEAP programs are taught by teams of adult women, college-aged women and teens. All programs occur in partnership with a community based organizations throughout Greater Boston.

Who should apply?

Adult women ages 18+ who are …

  • Interested in girls’ development, leadership, and self-defense.
  • Committed to empowering girls and young women.
  • Experienced working with youth aged 8-18.
  • Available to teach Girls’ LEAP at least one day a week for 3 hours. At this time, we have training slots only for those who can be available to volunteer teach in the afterschool timeslot. (1-8pm). All teachers begin with Girls’ LEAP as volunteers. There is an opportunity to advance to a paid position over time for some applicants.

Girls’ LEAP is an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, train, and promote candidates based on their qualifications regardless of race, color, religious creed, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, age, disability, veteran or marital status, or other status protected by state or federal law.

What is the training process?

18 hour self defense skills training in late January, plus 1 hour weekly training.

What is the commitment?

We ask for either a commitment of 1 afternoon per week for three hours for one season. Programs are offered seasonally (Fall Semester, Winter/Spring semester and Summer). Program teams are constructed based on schedule, availability, and skill sets. The time commitment is 3 hours per week while placed on a Girls’ LEAP program. Most of our programs occur in the afterschool timeslot (1-8pm).

Learn more at https://www.girlsleap.org/teachingwomen


Training Provided

We welcome


International Volunteers

How To Apply



Please submit your resume and fill out the online application here: https://tinyurl.com/teachingwomanapplication

Please direct interest to:

Sara Raab

Program Manager


Qualified applicants will be invited to the next step of the application process, which is a training to be held January 2018.

*Please note: This training is not a “Train-the-Trainer” model. Participants are not authorized to lead Girls’ LEAP activities outside of being a volunteer or staff member within our programs.