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November 2, 2012
INTERVIEWS: "Just Yell Fire" Creator Wins Award For Teaching Girls About Self-Defense
Dallas Jessup, 20, is founder and CEO ofJust Yell Fire-- a nonprofit working to empower girls to defend themselves against rape and abduction by learning Filipino Street Fighting techniques. She just won aWorld of Children Awardgrant to develop her organization further.
Jessup created Just Yell Fire when she was 15. Jessup has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and is a second degree in Filipino Street Fighting and made a self-defense video for her all-girls school. She is currently a senior at Vanderbilt University. She has worked with professional directors and released two videos: Just Yell Fire geared at middle school and high school girls, and Just Yell Fire: Campus Life, aimed at high school seniors and college-aged girls. Her website gets approximately 1,700 unique visitors a day.
Youth Radio's Davina La'Shay interviewed Jessup about her inspiration and the project: