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Empower the Girls was born out of a mother’s passion and vision to empower girls with practical personal safety skills to be their own best protector. With the reality that her own daughters would soon be heading off to college, Ellen van Olden took action and immersed herself in creating and launching the first Empower the Girls Personal Safety Training 101 (ETG) in February of 2012. Based on her insight as a mother, years of experience in the security and safety training industry, and the mentorship from the best violence prevention experts and self-defense trainers in the world, including her father, Roland Ouellette author and founder of Management of Aggressive Behavior, ETG has emerged. The ETG program has been growing ever since and parents have expressed their gratitude for the gentle eye-opening tips and tools taught in the classes.