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Empowering young girls mentally, emotionally, and physically.

Our healthy lifestyles department provides a wide array of programming for young girls to make new friendships, discover a new sense of self, and learn about the positive difference you can make in the lives of others. For more information, contact Youth Services director Lauren Journot 785.233.1750 ext. 347.

Girls on the Run

YWCA Northeast Kansas Girls on the Run is proud to 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.

Enrollment Opens: January 25th, 2019
Enrollment Closes: February 15th, 2019 (French Middle School Heart & Sole closes March 15th)
Season Starts: On or around February 11th, 2019 (site specific)
Season Ends: April 26th, 2019
5K event: Saturday, April 27th

Want to participate as a running buddy or volunteer? See bottom of the page for more information.

Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need.  Our goal is to never turn a girl away for financial reasons. Please know that we request all scholarship recipients to pay a portion of the program fee, however nominal that may be, so there is buy-in and a sense of pride and ownership, which helps with attendance and engagement.


School/Site Curriculum Meeting Dates Meeting Time
Berryton Elementary Heart and Sole (5th- 6th) Mon/Wed 4:05-5:30
Berryton Elementary Girls on the Run (3rd-4th) Mon/Wed 4:05-5:30
Chase Middle School Heart and Sole (6th-8th) Fall Only 3:00-4:30
Elmont Elementary Girls on the Run (3rd-6th) Mon/Wed 4:00-5:30
French Middle School Heart and Sole (6th-8th) Tues/Fri (March Start) 3:00 – 4:30
Indian Hills Girls on the Run (3rd-6th) Fall Only 3:40-5:15
Jackson Heights Elementary Girls on the Run (3rd – 5th) Tues/Thur 4:15 -5:30
Jardine Elementary Girls on the Run (3rd-6th) Tue/Thur 3:45-5:15
Jay Shideler Elementary Girls on the Run (3rd-6th) Fall Only 3:45-5:15
Landon Middle School Heart and Sole (6th-8th) Tue/Thur 3:00 – 4:30
Logan Elementary Girls on the Run (3rd-6th) Mon/Wed 4:00 – 5:30
Logan Elementary Heart and Sole (5th-6th) Mon/Wed 4:00 – 5:30
Northern Hills Elementary  Girls on the Run (3rd – 4th) Tue/Thur 4:00-5:30
Northern Hills Elementary Heart and Sole (5th- 6th) Tue/Thur 4:00-5:30
Osage City Girls on the Run (3rd-6th) Fall Only 3:15-4:45
Pauline Central Elementary Girls on the Run (3rd) Tue/Thur 3:40-5:15
Randolph Elementary Girls on the Run (3rd- 6th) Tue/Thur 3:45 – 5:15
Ross Elementary  Girls on the Run (3rd-5th) Tue/Thur 4:00-5:15
Rossville Grade School Girls on the Run (3-6th)  Fall Only 3:30-5:00
Royal Valley Elementary Girls on the Run (3rd-5th) Pending Pending
Shawnee Heights Elementary Girls on the Run (3rd-6th) Fall Only 4:00-5:15
St Mary’s Grade School Girls on the Run (3rd-5th)  Mon/Wed 3:30 – 5:00
St Mary’s Grade School Heart and Sole (6th) Mon/Wed 3:30 – 5:00
State Street Elementary Girls on the Run (3rd-6th) Mon/Wed 3:45 – 5:15
Tecumseh North Elementary Girls on the Run (3rd-6th) Mon/Wed 3:30-5:00
Tecumseh South Elementary Girls on the Run (3rd-6th) Tue/Thur 3:30-5:15
West Indianola Girls on the Run (3rd-6th) Mon/Wed 4:00 -5:30

Start a Team!

Girls on the Run Northeast Kansas has exclusive rights to Shawnee, Jackson, Lyon, Osage, Pottawatomie (USD 321)  and Wabaunsee Counties. Contact Youth Services Director Lauren Journot at laurenj@ywcaneks.org to start a program at your school or community based location.

Download a site application or register a new site online.

Girls on the Run makes me feel POWERFUL!
Girls on the Run participant


Babysitting Trainings

Classes are limited to 4-10 participants. The one day training includes basic 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. Includes supplies, two snacks, and America Red Cross Certification upon completion of course. Participants are asked to bring a sack lunch.

Upcoming Trainings: 

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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.

Get Involved: Become a Girls on the Run Coach!

At the heart of Girls on the Run are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion change the lives of thousands of girls each year. Our volunteers are dynamic role models dedicated to empowering girls to become healthy and confident young women. Whether you have just a couple of hours a year, a season or a month to help our cause, we would love to hear from you.

Warm up your spirit fingers, lace up your sneakers and get ready to inspire a group of young girls to be strong and healthy. Volunteer coaches facilitate our easy to follow curriculum for 8 to 15 girls over the course of 10 weeks.

Amidst the conversation, laughter, hugs and energy awards, you will witness transformational change in the girls and don’t be surprised if you realize that you are positively changing as well! The program may end in 10 weeks, but for our coaches and girls, the finish line is just the beginning. Ready to make a difference and encourage girls to realize their full potential? The first step is signing up.

Email Youth Services Director Lauren Journot at laurenj@ywcaneks.org.

Would you like to participate in the Girls on the Run 5K event?

Ready. Set. Go! Girls on the Run Spring 5K registration is now open to community members.

Lace up your sneakers, put on your GOTR gear and get ready for a 5K experience unlike any other. The excitement in the air is palpable as the girls meet their teammates, get their pictures taken, chant “Girls on the Run is so much fun” and squeeze in a final energy award before heading to the starting line.

Running buddies will be paired with a program participant on the day of the 5K. Your girl may want to hold your hand, skip, sprint or walk, and no matter what she chooses, you’ll be the support she needs along the course. And at the end, when the finish line comes into sight, you will never forget the look on her face as she crosses and realizes that, indeed, she can accomplish anything she sets her mind to do. Ready to run?

You can also sign up to run in a Virtual 5K. Sign up online, then lace up your sneakers at 9:30 AM CST on Saturday, April 27th. Even if you are not present in Topeka, you can still be with us in spirit!

To run in the 5K event, sign up a youth participant (ages 5-17), or be a running buddy, click the button below. Running not your thing? Sign up to volunteer for the event by emailing Lauren Journot at laurenj@ywcaneks.org.

Sign Up Now

Spring 5K Event Details

My shoes are double knotted, my fingers are full of spirit…what now?

The Spring 5K Event and Celebration will take place on April 27th at 9:30 a.m. at Shawnee County North Park.

Park address: 300 NE 43rd St, Topeka, KS 66617

Download a Printable Map