Smart Girls, a Boys & Girls Club of America program, will host a free self-defense class Friday at the Bronco Youth Center from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

“They’ll be taught how to not get hurt and how to get away,” said Della Kidd, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation Partnership Specialist. Techniques include how to use tools, such as keys, and how to use the hands and feet to break free from a captor.

The notification process is a key aspect of the class. Girls will learn how to draw attention to an attack and what to do afterward.

Girls in first grade through high school are welcome, Kidd said.

“It’s very important in this day and age,” Kidd said of self-defense knowledge. “We want to teach children awareness.”

The course will also focus on prevention. Teaching young women how to not be a victim may be even more important than learning what to do once an attack occurs.

Ideally, the course will prevent occurrences where self-defense may be necessary.

Passport to Manhood is the male equivalent of Smart Girls. This group offers a variety of programs tailored to the needs of young men. Because the risk of assault is not as high for males as females, this particular self-defense class will focus on females, Kidd said.

Child, Youth and School Services support a variety of clubs throughout the year for the youth of Fort Hood.

Call 254-287-8032 for more information.

Contact Madison Lozano​ at mlozano@kdhnews.com or 254-501-7552.

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