By Melissa Miller
Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in third through eighth grade to be joyful, healthy, and confident. The 10-week program teaches critical life skills, encourages personal development, and fosters team building and community service. Volunteer coaches utilize a curriculum to engage teams of girls in fun, interactive lessons. Girls on the Run Southern Utah serves girls at 12 sites in Washington and Iron Counties and is need of 30 coaches to ensure that 115 girls will have an opportunity to participate in this transformative program this season. The after-school program begins the week of Feb. 26 and continues through May 19.
“I am grateful to see firsthand how much of an impact this program has on girls,” said said coach Krystal Helmick. “It not only unites girls of different backgrounds, but it also teaches them how to respect and accept each girl — and themselves — for who she is.”
Volunteer coaches facilitate lessons to small teams of girls who typically meet after school twice a week for 90 minutes. The program culminates with all teams participating in a celebratory 5K event. Individuals must be 18 years old to serve as an assistant coach or 21 years old to serve as a head coach. Volunteer coaches do not need to be runners but must complete a background check and participate in online and in-person training.
Girls on the Run Southern Utah’s spring coach registration is now open. For more information or to sign-up to coach, visit gotrsouthernutah.org/coach.
Girls on the Run is a national physical activity-based positive youth development program for third through eighth grade girls. Participants develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches who guide and mentor the girls. The program concludes with all participants completing a 5k event, which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Girls on the Run has served over 1.2 million girls since its inception in 1996.