More About What We Do
The Girls on the Run Mission:
We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
The Girls on the Run Vision:
We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
Our Core Values:
Girls on the Run honors its core values. We strive to:
How do we do it?
Lots of ways, but we start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what's important to them. Then we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, we explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world.
And remember, we believe that life-changing experiences can be fun too—for everyone—the girls, coaches, families and other volunteers. So don't be surprised when you hear laughter along with self-reflection and see beaming smiles across the beautiful, confident faces of our girls.
Me + Relationships + Community
Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, we teach life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement. The 24-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. Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society.
Power through Service
Acknowledging that accomplishment has many flavors, each team creates and executes a local community service project. This experience demonstrates to girls the unimaginable strength that comes from helping others.
Past community service projects include: writing thank you's to teachers and staff at the girls school, picking up trash around the school grounds, collecting donations for the Topeka Rescue Mission, sorting produce at Harversters, collecting stuff animals for Kansas Mission of Mercy (KMOM) free dental project, and many more.
Up and Running
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 results are the same—making the seemingly impossible, possible.
Simple, engaging and extraordinary. The result? Healthy, confident girls who can.
3rd - 5th Grade Program
Over a period of 12 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.
The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age. They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships. And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.
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 three month 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 gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a 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.
6th - 8th Grade Program
We are very excited for the release of our new middle school curriculum, Heart & Sole, in fall of 2015. The Heart & Sole curriculum was developed to meet the unique needs of middle school girls by focusing on the whole girl. The curriculum is designed with themes girls can relate to and helps build the life skills they need. Heart & Sole is accessible to all girls regardless of athletic ability or fitness level and considers the age range and varied experiences of middle schoolers.
Heart & Sole is a 10-week program for teams of 8-15 girls so girls have an opportunity to build relationships with their coaches and with one another. This team size also allows for more processing time, which is developmentally important for this group.
The program teaches life skills, such as:
The “Girl Wheel” is the central concept of the program and focuses on the whole girl. In each lesson, girls participate in activities related to the Girl Wheel components—spirit, body, heart, brain and social. By season’s end, girls develop competences in all parts of their Girl Wheel and also use the Wheel as a form of developing empathy and identifying areas for contribution in the world. At the end of each session, the girls use a journal to record lap goals, effort and self-reflect on the topics discussed that day. The journal gives girls time to go deeper into the themes and topics of interest to them.
Physical activity remains a core element of this new Girls on the Run program and it includes more rigorous strength and conditioning circuits appropriate for this age group. The season culminates with the Girls on the Run 5k. The 5k is the celebratory event that builds confidence, competence, cooperation and character and gives the girls a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement.