Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program for girls in grades 3-8 that uses running to teach values and a sense of self. The program combines training to participate in a non-competitive 3.1 mile running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts and a community service project.
The goal of the program is to encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Further, we encourage participants to talk with their parents/caretakers, peers and siblings about the lessons they are learning at GOTR. The 24-lesson-plan curriculum attempts to change a girl's budding notion that how she looks is more important than who she is.
The Girls on the Run curriculum is based on experiential learning activities designed to teach participants about topics related to self-respect and healthy living. All classes are taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches.
- Each meeting begins with a getting-on-board and warm up activity designed to focus on the day's topic.
- The warm-up is followed by a stretching routine that allows for topic-related question and answer time.
- Then, during the workout period, the girls participate in a variety of running activities that are camouflaged in a game or team goal. Afterwards, cool-down stretching is then combined with participant asked and answered questions.
- Weeks 1-4: Understanding self and setting personal goals.
- Weeks 5-8: Learning about how to get along in a group.
- Weeks 9-12: Examining each girl's responsibility to the community.