Online program from the NRA geared to create instructors throughout the United States
Fairfax, Virginia - New jobs are always going to make you nervous.
No matter what your background, experience, or standing in the business community, there's going to be some apprehension when sitting behind the big desk for the first time. Usually you're asked to do one of two things; wait for the work to come to you or hit the ground running. For Bethany Weeks, now Bethany Mullen, it was time to run.
"There was no other choice," said Mullen.
For when Mullen walked in the doors of the National Rifle Association, she did so as Program Coordinator for their Refuse to be a Victim program — one of NRA's few non-firearm related programs. But she wasn't there to just run things, she was there to help relaunch the online version.
"We took it down for updates about a year ago," Mullen explained. "The program re-opened in late 2013 and had more than 400 people complete the course."
Refuse To Be A Victim is a personal safety and crime prevention seminar created more than 20 years ago. Originally designed for women, the program is now a favorite of men and women of all ages who looking to take a proactive role in ensuring their safety. With a four hour running time, Refuse seminars cover everything from home security, mental preparedness, physical security, cyber security, and much more.
Almost 5,000 instructors hold up to a dozen clinics a year.
As impressive as those numbers may be, the NRA wanted to reach more. Hence the online program reboot.
"Feedback on the new Online Instructor Program has been fantastic," said Mullen. "They appreciated the fact that they can earn their instructor ratings no matter how busy their life is."
Students have up to two weeks to complete the course. Signing on from any computer, they watch the lessons, complete assignments and have access to an online professor to iron out the fine points. 10 to 15 hours later, you're a Refuse to be a Victim Instructor.
"400 is a good number. It's a fair number, but it's not big enough. We're going to keep on pushing until we hit 4,000 or even 40,000.
"The lessons are invaluable. They protect your property, your family and your life. That's why we're pushing for more."
Learn more about NRA Women's Programs at women.nra.org