Girls on the Run is a great organization to get your young girl involved in.  It's a way to build identity, friends and a support system that they may not be getting in their current environment.  Also, it's a great way to keep girls in shape and move into a healthy lifestyle.  This week, I want to feature organizations that make a difference, not only in our communities but in our personal lives as well.  

Our Mission:

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

The Program:

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Our core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and to avoid risky adolescent behaviors.

Demographics:

  • Girls on the Run program: girls in 3rd-5th grade and their families
  • Girls on Track program: girls in 6th-8th grade and their families
  • Program Facilitators: coaches, volunteers, women of all ages and their families

National Recognition for Girls on the Run®:

Featured on CNN, NBC, ESPN, Real Simple, I-Village Live and in the following national publications: Shape Magazine, O, People, Better Homes & Gardens, Runner’s World, Fitness Magazine, Running Times, Cooking Light, Walking, Parent, American Girl, Healthy Kids, Glamour, Women’s Day, Redbook, Southern Living and extensive local media throughout the United States.

Program Design:

  • Three 24-lesson curriculums teach life skills through group processing, running games and workouts. The three-part curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches and includes understanding ourselves, valuing teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
  • Girls choose and conduct a community service project
  • At each season’s conclusion, the girls complete a 5k running event as a group

Measurable Results:

  • Academic evaluations of the program show a statistically significant improvement in body image, eating attitudes and self-esteem
  • Evidence also indicates an improved sense of identity and an increasingly active lifestyle for program participant.
Learn more at http://gotrsd.org/