The 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.
One girl put it this way, "I learned that I am the boss of my brain."
Girls on the Run inspires girls to take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms.
It’s a place where girls learn that they can. No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable.
How do we do it?
Lots of ways, but we start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what's important to them. Then we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, we explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world. And remember, we believe that life-changing experiences can be fun, too --for everyone --the girls, coaches, families and other volunteers. So don't be surprised when you hear laughter along with self-reflection and see beaming smiles across the beautiful, confident faces of our girls.
Me + Relationships + Community
Meeting each week in small teams of girls, we teach life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement. The 20+lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies, complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The resultâ€"making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can. Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society.
10 weeks. 20+ lessons. 1 million girls and counting.
Self, Team, and Community come together on one amazing, awe-inspiring moment:
The completion of the celebratory 5K event.
Power through Service
Acknowledging that accomplishment has many flavors, each team creates and executes a local community service project. This experience demonstrates to girls the unimaginable strength that comes from helping others.Up and RunningAt each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event. In some cities this is a large, community wide event and in others, it's an inspiring gathering of friends and family. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.
The results are the same making the seemingly impossible, possible.
Simple, engaging and extraordinary.
The result? Healthy, confident girls who can.