SOURCE: Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run

July 22, 2016 14:51 ET

Nonprofit Youth Development Program Seeks Volunteer Coaches

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwired - July 22, 2016) - Girls on the Run, a nonprofit physical activity-based positive youth development program that encourages positive emotional, social, mental and physical development is seeking volunteer coaches for the fall season. Coaches are trained to lead a team of 8-15 girls through a ten-week program using a research-based curriculum that incorporates fun running games, dynamic discussions and personal reflection. Opportunities to coach include working with girls in either 3rd through 5th grade or 6th through 8th grade.

Last year, Girls on the Run was supported by over 100,000 volunteers nationwide and as the program continues to grow, more coaches are needed. All coaches receive thorough training to learn how to lead a team using an easy-to-follow 20-lesson curriculum. The curriculum is structured to enable coaches to teach important life skills like the importance of trying your best, standing up for yourself and having healthy friendships. By the end of the ten-week program, the girls are emotionally and physical prepared to participate in a celebratory 5k event. Completing the 5k is a tangible way to build confidence through accomplishment and coaches, family, friends and community members all gather to recognize the girls' efforts.

"I choose to be a Girls on the Run coach because each girl that I coach inspires me to be a better person and to push myself and my boundaries," says Girls on the Run coach Jaimee Sidisky. "Some of my best memories are with those girls, and I loved every single day because I knew it mattered to them that I was there."

To coach, volunteers must attend coach training and commit to attend twice-weekly sessions with their teams. Volunteers must be at least 16 years old to be a junior coach, 18 years old to be an assistant coach or 21 years old to be a head coach. Volunteers do not need to be runners to coach. To volunteer with the Girls on the Run program in your area, find your local council at https://www.girlsontherun.org/Find-a-Council.

About Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd-8th grade girls that has served over one million girls across the country. Participants develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor the girls. The 10-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5k event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.

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Contact Information

  • Contact:
    Carrie Hanson
    Vice President, Marketing & Communications
    704-376-9817 ext 104 | office
    404.259.9801 | mobile
    chanson@girlsontherun.org