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"Just Yell Fire"

"Just Yell Fire"

Arming Girls With Tools to Fight Back

- The Fitz Hugh
Growing up in Canada, a girl has a 50 per cent chance of experiencing sexual or physical abuse.
This staggering statistic released by the Canadian Women’s Foundation is why films like Just Yell Fire are integral in spreading awareness and and arming girls with tools to fight back. Making its Canadian debut, Just Yell Fire and the woman behind its creation, Dallas Jessup, will be in Jasper on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
“It’s so cliché that every woman thinks...

Interview with 20-year-old Dallas Jessup, founder/CEO of Just Yell Fire

Interview with 20-year-old Dallas Jessup, founder/CEO of Just Yell Fire

- Heart of Gold
Meet Dallas Jessup—fiery CEO of nonprofit Just Yell Fire. Her mission started at just 13 years old, when the black belt martial artist decided to make a “home movie” designed to teach high school girls self-defense techniques to protect themselves in harmful situations. Within two months, that DIY movie blossomed into a 46-minute professional production featuring LOST stars Josh Holloway and Evangeline Lilly and utilizing $600,000 in donated resources. Dallas placed the video...

"Just Yell Fire" Creator Wins Award For Teaching Girls About Self-Defense

"Just Yell Fire" Creator Wins Award For Teaching Girls About Self-Defense

- Youth Radio
Dallas Jessup, 20, is founder and CEO of Just Yell Fire -- a nonprofit working to empower girls to defend themselves against rape and abduction by learning Filipino Street Fighting techniques. She just won a World of Children Award grant 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...

Passion to Action: The 2012 World of Children Award Honorees

Passion to Action: The 2012 World of Children Award Honorees

- The Huffington Post
I love New York City in the fall, and one of my favorite events of the season is the annual World of Children Award Gala, at which I have the profound pleasure of meeting the newest class of changemakers for children who are there to receive their World of Children Award.
I am lucky enough to hear firsthand what motivated them to devote countless hours -- all unpaid -- to launching and growing highly effective and successful nonprofits that are changing the lives of tens of...

Just Yell Fire Seminar To Empower Young Women

Just Yell Fire Seminar To Empower Young Women

- Hinton Voice
Cara Kulbacki, family violence prevention coordinator for the Yellowhead Emergency Shelter, took a shot in the dark and reached out to internationally-known motivational speaker, Dallas Jessup, in the hopes she would present her Just Yell Fire workshop for local girls.
“I thought, for sure, she doesn’t have time for little old Hinton,” said Kulbacki. “But she called me back the next day.”
As a result, Jessup will be making her debut appearance...

Student Spotlight: Dallas Jessup

Student Spotlight: Dallas Jessup

- Inside Vandy
Senior Dallas Jessup released her first film, Just Yell Fire, while still in high school. The film, which aimed to teach girls ways to stay safe and defend themselves, garnered attention and awards from across the country. Now, drawing on her experience at Vanderbilt, Jessup has released a new film, "Just Yell Fire: Campus Life." In the light of the new film’s release, The Vanderbilt Hustler sat down with Jessup to get her advice for Vanderbilt students.
Dallas Jessup’s tips...

Vanderbilt Student Honored With Prestigious Award

Vanderbilt Student Honored With Prestigious Award

- News Channel 5 Nashville
A Vanderbilt University senior is being honored with what's considered the Nobel Prize for child advocates.  It's called the World of Children Award, and 20-year-old Dallas Jessup is one of six recipients.
"It was pretty shocking, I mean, it's quite an honor to be a part of this amazing group of people who are making an impact on our future," said Jessup.
She's an author, filmmaker, and youth advocate who at just 15 years old, realized she had a valuable skill that was worth...

College student empowers young women to protect themselves

College student empowers young women to protect themselves

- USA Today
Dallas Jessup is still embarrassed by the story, though her mom loves to tell it.
At age 10, little Dallas was ready to date. There was a cute boy, and she asked her parents if she could go out with him.
"My dad -- a very clever man -- said, 'You can date when you get a black belt,' " Jessup recalls.
Little did he know that statement would not only inspire the girl to take combat classes, but also would propel Jessup along a pathway of teaching other girls how to stand up for...

CNN Hero teaches girls self-defense

Just Yell Fire self-defense tips