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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

Self Defense with Dallas Jessup

Self Defense with Dallas Jessup

- The Dee Armstrong Show
What did you teach your daughter about defending herself from an attacker? If that is a concern, Martial Arts Expert and Author Dallas Jessup has an awesome video available called "Just Yell Fire."
Self Defense Filmmaker Dallas Jesup will be on the show today, talking about her film & women's self defense revolution "Just Yell Fire; Empowering Girls to Protect Themselves." You don't want to miss this !

Classes teach kids how to fight off attacks

Classes teach kids how to fight off attacks

- 11Alive
STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. -- Revved Up Kids will hold two self-defense classes for children on Saturday, Sept. 22 in Stone Mountain.
Allison Neal, co-founder of Revved Up Kids, said the first of two classes is designed for boys and girls as young as 6 years old.
"We teach those children about predators and about who predators are and how to recognize, avoid and escape a predator," Neal said. 
For older girls, Neal teaches a different class called "Just Yell Fire." It's based on...

A Must for College: safety

A Must for College: safety

- Tampa Bay Times
If you are sending a child off to college, you no doubt are filling his or her head with lots of good advice. I know my parents did.
The precollege tip that I remember most clearly (and the one that may have been the most valuable), however, came from my brother:
"Never drink the punch at parties.''
This really stuck with me. Partly because I had never before known him to counsel against anything involving a party.
But mostly because he was already in college and...

Vanderbilt student honored for advocacy work

Vanderbilt student honored for advocacy work

- WSMV-TV
A Vanderbilt University student will soon be honored with the so-called Nobel Prize for child advocates after creating self-defense videos that help women fight back and live life on their own terms.
Dallas Jessup, 20, began her mission to empower women when she was just a high school freshman and saw a frightening video of a Florida girl.
"A man came up and said something to her, and she went away willingly. And four days later, they found her body. And I watched that going, 'that...