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Healthy Lifestyles (GOTR, Mighty Girls, etc)

The Healthy Lifestyles Department includes: Girls on the Run, Mighty Girls, Babysitter training, First Aid/CPR/AED Training and programs that empower individuals mentally, emotionally as well as physically.

Girls on the Run

Register for Spring 2018 Season

Girls on the Run 5k-May 12


Girls on the Run (GOTR) is a life-changing, non-profit program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running."

The 20-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.

Girls on the Run Northeast Kansas is an Affiliate Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 225 councils across the United States and Canada.

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 20-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.

Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies, complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can.


Mighty Girls

This summer program is for girls who will be in grades 5-8 as of the fall school year. Participants will make new friendships, discover a new sense of self, and learn about the positive different they can make in the lives of others. Join us and see the energizing and motivating ripple effect!

Fit, Fun, and Fabulous – This session focuses on the physical health of the girl, including nutrition and life-long activities. The girls will also explore different ways to express themselves, celebrate our differences, and overcome daily pressures.

Mighty, Bold & Confident- This session will help girls find their strength and inner confidence. Girls will learn skills to help prepare them for being a young adult and to build self-esteem. This session will also explore the impact individuals can have on their world. Girls will learn how they define community and develop a community impact project. 


Babysitting certification. Classes will be limited to 4-10 participants. The first day of training will include basic first aid and cpr. Sign up for two days and become certified in Child & Infant First Aid and CPR.

The primary purpose of the Babysitter’s Training course is to provide youth who are planning to babysit with the knowledge and skills necessary to safely and responsibly give care for children and infants. This training will help participants to develop leadership skills; learn how to develop a babysitting business, keep themselves and others safe and help children behave; and learn about basic childcare and basic first aid. This training is designed for youths ages 11 to 15.

Cost is $60 for one day course or $90 for two days. Includes supplies, two snacks, and America Red Cross Certification upon completion of course. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch.

The first day of the course provides Babysitter Certification with Basic or Citizens CPR and First Aid. The second day of the course includes CPR and First Aid Certification.

Next Training: February 24

 First Aid/CPR/AED Certifications

We offer Red Cross First Aid and CPR certification course throughout the year for our volunteers and the public. Contact the YWCA to see when the next classes is or to schedule a class for your group. Instructors can teach 4-10 students per session. For Adult and Pediatric First Aid/CPR/AED Certifications, the classes are normally about 4.5-5 hours.  

 Ways to Help

 Volunteer -click the link to find out about volunteer opportunities.

Donate through Schoola - Schoola is an online retailer of new & gently used kids and women’s clothing & accessories that donates $2 of every $5 in proceeds to organizations that help kids thrive.