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A Northgate Senior Project

May 01, 2016 01:56PM ● Published by Jennifer Neys

A Northgate Senior Project

Northgate High School senior Maddie Waletzko is organizing a self-defense class for her high school senior project. The class is created for girls between the ages of 14 -18 will take place on May 14 from 12:30pm-3:30pm at "the Loft" at Sports Basement on Ygnacio Valley Road.

Impact Bay Area, a nonprofit organization that teaches effective boundary setting, personal safety, and physical self-defense skills, will assist Maddie with her project. The three-hour class will cover street safety and awareness, physical and verbal boundary setting and some basic full force self-defense tactics proven effective at keeping you safer in the world.

The annual Senior Project is an opportunity for seniors to investigate something of interest to them. The students write a paper and give an oral presentation to a panel of judges from the school and community. Maddie is writing her research paper on overcoming women's oppression in developing countries. “The idea that self defense can help a woman protect herself when necessary really stood out to me,” she said. “I took a intro self defense class in January which was organized by the Kiran Anjali Project and put on by Impact Bay Area and I really enjoyed the safe and welcoming environment that the instructors provided and I want to give that feeling of confidence to other young women too”.

Maddie has been a volunteer for the Kiran Anjali Project, a nonprofit with the mission of advancing educational opportunities for girls in India, since she was a freshmen. “It has enriched my perspective on the lives of girls around the world today. The goal behind KAP is to help support and provide the education to girls and young women in India”. 

Maddie will be attending San Diego State University in the fall as a Business/Marketing major.  Being aware of the incidences of sexual assaults on college campuses, she believes that the self-defense classes will add a layer of preparation and self-empowerment. “I look forward to making a positive impact with women's outreach programs on and off campus!” she added. The cost to take the class is $75 and $15 of that will be donated to the Kiran Anjali Project. The class holds up to 16 participants and the deadline to sign up is May 7.


Education, Community May 2016 Northgate High School senior Maddie Waletzko

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