I was a proud volunteer at one of the coolest…funnest…events ever… Girls On The Run 5 k Parrrrrty! Music and games…. girls, Moms…and Dads…with hair painted neon colors and hot pink tutu’s!
From Girls on the Run website:
We inspire girls… Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
Girls on the Run Story
Girls on the Run-Maine is an Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across 50 States and the District of Columbia. Girls on the Run-Maine was established in 2012 and has served over 1,000 at 50+ sites in 8 counties.
Girls On The Run International was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina by Molly Barker. What started with thirteen girls in one school has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With the help of almost 100,000 volunteers, Girls on the Run served nearly 180,000 girls in 2015, including our millionth girl! Girls on the Run continues to grow and currently hosts more than 350 end-of-season 5k events across the United States, making the Girls on the Run 5k series the largest in the country. Girls on the Run has also expanded to include middle school girls through Heart & Sole, a program dedicated to the unique needs of adolescent girls.
Girls On The Run Mission
We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
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.
Girls On The Run core values
Girls on the Run honors its core values. We strive to:
Recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making
Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness
Express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions
Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health
Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent
Stand up for ourselves and others
I hope you will support this organization and grow these programs that grow our young girls. I will definitely be volunteering again!