An Equity Approach

The work we do at EMERJ-SafeNow depends on collaboration and authentic relationship building. We collaborate with communities and organizations and provides access to care-defense and violence prevention skills.  EMERJ-SafeNow collaborations also include organizations or communities that are experts in their field. We rely on these organizations to provide guidance, support or knowledge  when needed. Listed below are some of these organizations.

EMERJ-SafeNow Collaborators 

 Free Arts NW 

Free Arts NW provides arts experiences that empower underserved youth to find their creativity, passion, and voice. Through arts education, collaborative projects, and ongoing mentorship, Free Arts NW cultivates individual artistic exploration while strengthening youth participants’ connections to their community.  As facilitators of artistic exploration and expression, Free Arts NW highly values four principles that motive and shape our process:

  • Belonging
  • Interdependency
  • Accomplishment
  • Generosity

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Friendly House  & Cascadian Terrace
Cascadian Terrace Apartments

EMERJ-SafeNow is  proud to collaborate with Friendly House, a non-profit neighborhood center and social service agency located in NW Portland, and  Cascadian Terrace Apartments in N Portland.  This unqiue collaboration has helped to bring equity based, trauma informed personal safety sessions to residents in Cascadian Terrace Apartments.  EMERJ-SafeNow  focused on building relationships with outside organizations such as Portland Police Bureau, Elders in Action while  also providing training on  internet safety, de-escalation , mindfulness, self-care and  physical and non physical self-defense skills.

For more information, contact (503) 228-4391


Peninsula Odd Fellows, Nth Portland

EMERJ-SafeNow collaborates with Peninsula Odd Fellows to bring violence prevention programs and camps to children ages 8-12 years of age. Established in 1895,  Peninsula Odd Fellows is a caring community dedicated to supporting health care, relieving hunger, and providing affordable access to a variety of educational opportunities. n


 Universal Taekwon-Do Federation, Portland

EMERJ-SafeNow collaborates with the Universal Taekwon-Do Federation and UTF Portland for expertise in self-defense and martial arts skills. This collaboration provides facilitators with further knowledge, expertise, skills and support around topics related to physical self-defense skills. Most importantly, UTF Portland  prioritizes the same values  of EMERJ-SafeNow and  is dedicated to  providing people of all ages and backgrounds access to martial arts training. The UTF as an organization emphasizes the following tenets as a way of life:

  • Courtesy
  • Integrity
  • Indominable spirit
  • Perseverence
  • Self-Control
  • Community service
  • Love

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OWL, Our Whole Lives: Sexuality Education 

EMERJ-SafeNow approaches violence prevention holistically and values the importance of addressing healthy sexuality and relationships prior to addressing sexual violence. EMERJ-SafeNow collaborates with the Universalist Recovery Church to bring OWL, curricula and training to communities and organizations. OWL is a secular curriculum and puts sexuality in the context of values and personal responsibility. It  supports healthy decision making, and strengthens social skills to help prepare youth to make healthy choices for life.

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OWL models and teaches caring, compassion, respect, and justice and helps adolescents address their personal attitudes, values, and feelings about themselves, their sexuality, and others’ sexuality.  OWL values include: self  worth, sexual health, responsibility, justice and inclusivity

OWL Workshop Topics Include: 

  • The values &  language of sexuality
  • Anatomy and physiology; personal concerns about puberty and body image
  • Gender identify, expression, roles & stereotypes
  • Sexual orientation, sexuality and disability
  • Healthy relationships & relationship skills
  • Social media and the Internet
  • Bullying behaviors  & bystander responsibilities
  • Responsible sexual hehavior;  communicating about sexuality; abstinence and consent
  • Sexually transmitted infections
  • Pregnancy & parenting decisions
  • Self care, celebration, & closure

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