Girls on the Run Lehigh Valleyhttp://www.gotrlehighvalley.org
The mission of Girls on the Run is to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self respect and healthy living. Girls on the Run is a character development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade that combines life skill lessons with training for a 5k walk or run, in a creative, interactive and incredibly FUN way! The program provides the necessary tools for girls to manage the tough times of adolescence so they are better prepared to live contented and full lives as the wonderful adult women they will become. This dynamic after school program is led by volunteer coaches, who go through a one-day training and follow a detailed, easy-to-implement curriculum. While engaged in fun, active games and activities, the girls learn about values, self respect, good decision making, healthy relationships, community involvement, and getting out of the "girl box". The 10-week program runs twice a week, with a fall and spring season. Coaches do not need running or athletic experience, just a passion for empowering girls! The culminating 5K pairs girls with adult volunteer running buddies who encourage and cheer them on. The 5K is a powerful emotional experience for everyone involved, and gives the girls the confidence that, having achieved this feat, they can accomplish whatever goals they set for themselves in the future. Girls on the Run is more than a running program -- it's a way of life!