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Arise Programs equip school-aged girls with the tools they need to face the challenges of bullying, conflict and everyday interactions with their peers and others.

  • how to stand up for yourself

  • how to set and maintain boundaries

  • how to physically protect oneself in a worst case scenario

  • how to recognize and avoid danger

  • how to deal with conflict in a healthy way

  • how to trust and strengthen ones intuition and awareness



Killarney Community Centre, Vancouver BC

West end Community centre, vancouver BC

Sept 2019

6-week series || 1.5hr/session || small groups || ages 9-12


I liked learning how to be safe and be aware of my surroundings.

Alina, age 8


I felt the kind of respect you almost never get from adults and which you can feel right away.

Eiko, age 14


It was fun. I really enjoyed learning how to stand up for myself.

Elizabeth, age 10


Our Team

Arise Founder Jessie gordon

Meet Jess! Jess is a BC Teacher and experienced Jiu Jitsu practitioner; she founded Arise because she resonated with young girls’ needs to navigate school, friendships, family and life with authenticity, confidence and safety. Read more about her here.

Teaching self defense to children