Girls on the Run named MOST INFLUENTIAL in HEALTH & WELLNESS by the NAA

Girls on the Run Program Named MOST INFLUENTIAL in HEALTH & WELLNESS by the NAA

NAA’s Most Influential in Health and Wellness 2017

The inaugural National AfterSchool Association’s Most Influential in Health and Wellness selections and honorable mentions are distinguished for their strong advocacy for and support of health and wellness in afterschool.

Those honored represent individuals and organizations whose service, action and leadership align with and support NAA Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards and affect large numbers of youth, families or afterschool professionals, if not all.

NAA’s Most Influential in Health and Wellness 2017 is proudly sponsored by The Walking Classroom, a nonprofit organization that helps youth get fresh air and exercise while reinforcing academic subjects, health literacy and character values.

 

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Girls on the Run
Charlotte, North Carolina | girlsontherun.org
Responses provided by Heather Pressley, Vice President of Programming

What is your greatest achievement related to Health and Wellness in afterschool?
“Girls on the Run provides a safe and welcoming space where girls can thrive. Our intentional curriculum effectively integrates life skills learning with physical activity to provide girls with the skills and confidence to navigate their lives with purpose and joy. With a focus on quality program delivery, our formal volunteer training ensures that coaches are fostering positive, supportive relationships in a caring, inclusive climate. While our evaluations show that participants become more active and learn important life skills such as intentional decision-making, managing emotions and helping others, there is no greater achievement than hearing directly from a girl we serve about the impact that our program has had on her life. As Calla, age 8, shared, ‘Because of Girls on the Run, I know I am amazing just the way I am.'”

What do you hope to achieve related to Health and Wellness in afterschool?
“Now, more than ever, we are committed to our vision of a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. As such, we have dedicated significant resources to formally assess and address barriers to participation, to ensure our program is accessible to any girl who wants to participate. We are being purposeful about developing best practices, relationships and resources to support our network of councils as they engage new sites to host our program and expand into underserved communities. It is critically important that girls learn that they are the leaders of their lives with the power and potential to change the world, and we have a deep responsibility to ensure that all girls are given this valuable life-changing opportunity.”

 

http://naaweb.org/most-influential-in-health-and-wellness-2017

Coach With Us this Fall!

Coach With Us this Fall!

Make a difference in the lives of young girls this fall as a Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond Coach!

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We are looking for our Fall 2017 Girls on the Run Coaches! Applications are currently being accepted!

Each season Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond recruits and selects a dynamic group of coaches to lead each of our teams of 10-20 girls. Coaches are parents, teachers, school administrators, college students and other community members who are committed to developing and celebrating our girls.

GOTR coaches are enthusiastic, dedicated, and positive women and men of all different backgrounds!  Some are athletes and some are not; many have never coached before.  All are committed to empowering girls with valuable life lessons.  Coaches must have availability on weekday afternoons, twice per week over a 12-week fall  season. We are able to take a limited amount of assistant coaches who can commit to 1-day a week for an entire season.

COACHING GOALS

  • Build the girls’ self-esteem and educate and inspire them to live healthy lives.
  • Create a fun and uplifting atmosphere that inspires the girls to enjoy running and the lessons from the program.
  • Get the girls to move their bodies!  Running, skipping, hopping or leaping!
  • Achieve 100% participation rate at season culminating 5k.

 DETAILS AND COMMITMENT

  • Twelve-week programs are offered each fall and spring. Coaches can commit to just one season.
  • Practices are twice per week and last 1.5 hours each right after school.
  • A program will consist of  three coaches and 10 – 15 girls.
  • Commitment and consistency are critical to the success of the GOTR program.

To learn more and to apply, click here!

Change Lives and Show your Giving Spirit Today!

change-livesHere at Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond, giving back through community service is an important part of our program.

Our girls embrace a giving spirit by working together to create and implement a community impact project. This fall, our Girls on the Run teams will organize and complete nine community impact projects to make a positive difference in our community.

Together the girls define a need or cause in the community and collaborate to design a plan to help fill a need or support a cause. The girls must listen to each other, discuss ideas and brainstorm ways that they can make a difference together during a practice. It is truly a meaningful exercise to witness the girls working together to identify causes, deliberate and define the project that they will complete together. This is teamwork at its best.

Examples of projects are environmental cleanups, collecting needed supplies and creating cards of encouragement for Veterans, volunteering with the Special Olympics, designing door hangers for cancer patients and cards for those who may struggle over the holiday season. In addition, Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond provides a toy for each girl to contribute to the Toys for Tots drive on the day of their celebratory 5k.

Indeed, what might be a small act can lead to big change. Our hope at Girls on the Run is that each girl uses the skills and confidence she builds while completing her team’s community impact project to inspire even more change in her community—and, ultimately, in the world.

Today, you can join our girls in showing a giving spirit by participating in Giving Tuesday by making a tax-deductible gift to Girls on the Run of Greater Richmond. Your gift will have twice the impact as it makes a difference in the lives of the girls we serve and supports our girls as they make a difference in our community.

Invest in Girls and GOTR Greater Richmond This Giving Tuesday!

Invest in Girls and GOTR Greater Richmond This Giving Tuesday!

Support Greater Richmond and invest in the limitless potential of girls today!

Support Greater Richmond and invest in the limitless potential of girls today!

http://gotrrichmond.org/donate/

Registration to Begin 7 a.m. August 1st!

Registration to Begin 7 a.m. August 1st!

Make sure you set your alarm to register online for the following sites on Monday, August 1st at 7 a.m. CIrcle start_3_girls

Fox
Collegiate
Glen Allen
Rivers Edge

Registration scholarsihp information is avaialable on our “Programs and Registration” page!
Registration is first come first served!

We are still looking for volunteer coaches to support the Short Pump Team (Mondays and Thursdays 2:45-4:15).
If you would like to coach, please fill out our coaching application found under our “Coaching” page under the “Get involved” tab above.

Happy Global Running Day!

Happy Global Running Day!

We had a fantastic start to #GlobalrunningDay this morning! 4 friendly and fun miles together with community members and the great team of Fleet Feet RVA!

Did you run this morning? Will you run today? What does running mean to you?

#All4Run #GOTRGR

Running Day

MMES Site Cancelled

It is with heavy hearts that we must share that the Mary Munford Elementary School site for this fall has been cancelled.

We were unable to fully staff coach potions based on volunteer interest and availably.

Girls and any intereseted coaches are encouraged to join the Fox Elementary School team less than 2 miles down the road. We look forward to working together to ensure a strong site at MMES school for the Fall of 2016! 

 

Glen Allen Team reaches capacity in 48 hours!

The inaugural  Glen Allen Elementary School team has reached capacity and registration is now for the wait-list.

Girls are taken off the wait-list in the order they registered based on availability before September 28th.

Also, should 3 volunteer coaches come forward from the site to coach a team twice a week and there are more than 10 girls to fill the team,  a second team will be formed and all those on the wait-list will fill that team first. The GAES team meets Monday’s and Wednesday’s from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

If you are interested in coaching a second team, please contact site liaison and coach, Beth Riviello: riviellob@yahoo.com 

Please our coaching page for information about the coaching role and commitment.

Get Ready to Register!

August 1st means it’s time to register for the fall program of GOTR GR!

 

Registration for 3 of our teams : Short Pump, Fox and  Glen Allen will begin at 7 a.m. on Saturday online from our website!

Don’t delay as registration is first come, first served and limited to 15 spaces per team!

* Collegiate registration will begin on Sept. 1st. from the Cougar Quest website : http://www.collegiate-va.org/Page/Extra-Programs/After-School

Mary Munford registration will not open until the site is confirmed by coaches. Check back for updates.

Woodville registration is completed on site using paper registration through the school.

The “Girls (were really) on the Run”

After our biggest season yet, our Girls on the Run had a fantastic time achieving their goals and crossing the finish line in December at the Toys for Tots 5K.

Way to go girls!

Miles and Minutes 2015-Jan-Feb GOTR feature