There are many wonderful people who help make
Girls on the Run Palm Beach a reality as well as support its continued success.
We could not possibly do the work we do without the help of our kind and generous supporters. Board Members, Coaches, Committee Members, task force members, day-of-event volunteers, and all of our other volunteers --Thank you!
BOARD of DIRECTORS
Jennifer Castricone, Chair
Paul Kludt, Treasurer
Ashley Gibb, Acting Secretary
Maria Peters, Member
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR/COUNCIL DIRECTOR
Voice mail: 561-600-8746
Diane Evans was drawn to the mission of Girls on the Run Palm Beach when she learned about the organization upon meeting Lynn Martin, the Council's Founding Director. The emphasis of the curriculum on helping the "whole girl" -- the mental, emotional, social, and physical aspects of every girl -- appealed to Diane's holistic views of life and health. Once she saw the program in action, she was hooked. Diane joined Lynn's team as the organization's Administrator. In March 2014, she took on the responsibility of Director. Diane has an extensive background in administration, marketing, and finance in both the for-profit and nonprofit business sectors. She has worked in children's services, taught middle school, and volunteered extensively for various children's agencies and other nonprofits. Diane holds Master of Business Administration and Bachelor of Arts degrees.
COUNCIL FOUNDING DIRECTOR
Lynn became involved with Girls on the Run due to her long association with the sport of running, specifically triathlon, and her desire to empower her daughter and as many other girls as she could. She learned about Girls on the Run in 2010 from Molly Barkers' book Girls on Track. Lynn immediately recognized the relevance of the program for South Florida. Lynn believes that discipline and a sense of accomplishment from sports compliment the program's character development. Lynn was the driving force for the organization from its inception until February 2014, when she resigned as Director. Lynn has a background in non-profit work as an active community volunteer, taught swimming and coached children's running. She has a post graduate degree in sports physical therapy from Australia, where she currently resides.
HOW GIRLS ON THE RUN BEGAN
Girls on the Run was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina with the help of thirteen brave girls. Twenty-six girls came the next season, then seventy-five. In 2000, Girls on the Run International, a 501(c)3 organization, was born.
What started with one school has grown to over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. With the help of over 100,000 volunteers, Girls on the Run served over 185,000 girls in 2015, including its millionth girl! In the same year, Girls on the Run hosted 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, and launched a new middle school program, Heart & Sole, which is dedicated to the unique needs of adolescent girls.
The true success of the program, however, is not told in the numbers, but rather in the words of the girls who participate:
“Girls on the Run made me realize that I am the boss of my brain.”
“I know that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do.”
“At Girls on the Run I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin!”
That is success.
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Girls on the Run has been featured by national media outlets including People, Runner’s World, Redbook, Women’s Day, O Magazine, Women's Running, SELF Magazine, Glamour, Shape, Marie Claire, Parenting, Running Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, NPR, ESPN and FOX Sports.
Girls on the Run Palm Beach is on a mission --- to educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. The innovative program combines fun running activities with discussions that help adolescent girls build confidence, develop healthy lifestyles and be better able to succeed throughout their lives. Our council has broad-based support from community, business, academic, government and legislative leaders. Our constituents include the girls we serve each year, their parents and families, our volunteer coaches and other volunteers, administrators and teachers from schools and community centers throughout Palm Beach County in addition to local universities, businesses and organizations that are partnering with us and donating resources to advance our mission.
Lessons are led by trained female coaches, who guide and mentor participants through a fun and uplifting curriculum that focuses on empowering girls with life-long skills to improve their emotional, social, and physical health. The 20-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.
What does Girls on the Run do?
One girl put it this way, "I learned that I am the boss of my brain."
So what do we do? Help girls take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. You can also think of it as "Can-Do University" -- a place where girls learn that they can.
Only opportunities to be remarkable.
How do we play a role in our girls' lives?
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 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.