At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams through our research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-5th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.
Lessons are designed to build girl's self-worth and help them feel greater confidences in who they are. Activities help girls recognize their personal strengths and teach them how to stand up for themselves and others.
By gaining awareness of the power they possess to make intentional decisions, girls learn to choose positive actions which demonstrate respect and responsibility towards themselves and others.
Throughout each season, girls learn to respond to others and themselves with care and compassion. Lessons and activities further develop their abilities to sympathize and empathize both within and beyond their social groups.
Girls on the Run lessons focus on cooperative skills and team building throughout a positive group setting. Girls learn firsthand how to create positive connections with parents and caregivers, teachers, peers, and their communities.
Our program provides skill-building experience to nurture girls' physical, social and emotional competencies that they apply in other areas of their lives such as home, school, and in the neighborhood. Completing a 5k at the end of the season gives them a tangible opportunity to apply all that they have learned.
When girls develop and strengthen these life skills, they can thrive. More importantly, they can then develop a final skill: contribution. Girls on the Run inspires girls to build lives of purpose and to make a meaningful contribution to community and society. This comes to life through a key element of the curricula when each team creates and executes a community service project.
Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of each 10 week session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5K event.
This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum. Completing the 5K give the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as framework for setting and achieving life goals.
Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.