IMpower is the No Means No Worldwide empowerment system of training for girls and boysÂ living in areas of extreme violence. Sexual assault is common from infancy to old age in the communities where weÂ work and No Means No Worldwide seeks to address the problem across the spectrum.
Our plan is to reach out early and begin a comprehensive approach to gender transformation starting at age 4 through age 18.Â We have found there are few voices in the lives of youth that consistently counter oppressive gender views. This power imbalance leads to violence at every level of society. No Means No Worldwide has over 80 IMpower teachers working daily in Nairobi schools to empower children and teens to build healthy, safe communities through skills based training in self-empowerment, self-efficacy, self-defense and intervention.
IMpower Classes include:
â–ªÂ Â Â Â Â Â Confidence building games and activities
â–ªÂ Â Â Â Â Â Conflict resolution roleplays
â–ªÂ Â Â Â Â Â Verbal Skills Backpack
â–ªÂ Â Â Â Â Â Awareness activities
â–ªÂ Â Â Â Â Â Intervention awareness skills
â–ªÂ Â Â Â Â Â Intervention action skills
â–ªÂ Â Â Â Â Â De-escalation + Negotiation
â–ª Â Â Â Self-Defense Skills
â–ªÂ Â Â Â Â Â Full Force Drills
â–ªÂ Â Â Â Â Â IMpower Spirit Shout Out
â–ªÂ Â Â Â Â Â Defense against Multiple Attackers
â–ªÂ Â Â Â Â Â Tell Campaign and Resource
â–ªÂ Â Â Â Â Â Sexual Assault Survivor Anonymous – (SASA) – free meeting access
IMpower programming has been fully developed for franchising and replication to other areas of the world. Management infrastructure, training intensives, training and operation manuals, trainer selection processes, boys and girls curriculums, curriculum testing, venue contracts, teaching equipment,Â research models, monitoring and evaluation tools, uniforms, brochures â€“ all have been created for ease of global implementation.
What is required is funding and a host organization to provide local logistics in setting up. IMpower has extraordinary success in slum environments. We believe our program can be successfully implemented in refugee camps and other areas where laws are few and risks are high. Our teachers work in extreme conditions. They are resilient, determined and very capable.