Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 positive youth development program which combines an interactive curriculum and running to inspire self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. Our core curriculum addresses many aspects of girls’ development – their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being. Lessons provide girls with the tools to make positive decisions and to avoid risky adolescent behaviors.
The Girls on the Run curriculum is divided into three parts:
* The first eight lessons are centered on the girls getting to know themselves. Examining their values, their likes and dislikes, and who they envision themselves to be. As the girls get to know themselves, they are also sharing with each other. Lesson topics and learning goals include ‘fueling our healthy pace’, ‘centering: the importance of slowing down’ and ‘celebrating gratitude.’
* The next eight lessons concentrate on team building, being supportive, learning to listen and cooperate, etc. Lesson topics and learning goals include ‘standing up to peer pressure’, ‘gossiping hurts everyone’ and ‘it’s okay to choose my friends.’
* The last eight lessons relate to the world at large. This includes making a contribution to your community and learning to recognize and deal with the negative messages we often receive from the world (media awareness, negative peer pressure, etc.) Lesson topics and learning goals include: ‘learning about community’, ‘tuning into a new message (media literacy)’ and the development and implementation of a group community project.
The 24 lessons conclude with the opportunity to participate in a 5k event.