Girls on the Run nurtures strength of mind and body, both on and off the track. Our fun program intentionally builds a sense of belonging, positivity, and confidence, so girls learn to say, “I can!”
The true success of the program is 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.
WHAT WE DO
At Girls on the Run, we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead teams through our research-based curricula which include dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory running event.
WHY IT MATTERS
Girls face social pressures and conflicting messages about how they should act and who they should be. Studies show that by adolescence, girls’ confidence drops about twice as much as boys’. Friendships become more complicated and challenging, girls’ perception of their academic ability declines, the likelihood of anxiety and depression increases and participation in physical activity plummets.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
We believe that every girl is inherently full of power and potential. By knowing they are the leaders of their lives, these are the girls who will change the world.
WHAT GIRLS LEARN
Lessons are designed to build girls’ self-worth and help them feel greater confidence in who they are. Activities help
girls recognize their personal strengths and teach them how to stand up for themselves and others.
By gaining awareness of the power they possess to make intentional decisions, girls learn to choose positive actions
which demonstrate respect and responsibility towards themselves and others.
Throughout each season, girls learn to respond to others and themselves with care and compassion. Lessons and
activities further develop their abilities to sympathize and empathize both within and beyond their social groups.
Girls on the Run lessons focus on cooperative skills and team building through a positive group setting. Girls learn
firsthand how to create positive connections with parents and caregivers, teachers, peers and their communities.
Our program provides skill-building experiences to nurture girls’ physical, social and emotional competencies that
they apply in other areas of their lives such as home, school, and in the neighborhood. Completing a 5k at the end of
the season gives them a tangible opportunity to apply all that they have learned.
When girls develop and strengthen these life skills, they can thrive. More importantly, they can then develop a final
skill: CONTRIBUTION. Girls on the Run inspires girls to build lives of purpose and to make a meaningful contribution
to community and society. This comes to life through a key element of the curricula when each team creates and
executes a community service project.
Read here about Access and Inclusion
What does Girls on the Run 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.
My girl isn't a big runner; is this program for her? OR My girl is already a skilled runner. Is this program for her?
Yes! We are much more than a running program, and every girl can benefit from the experience of building confidence through accomplishment while participating in our rich, curriculum-based, age-appropriate, interactive lessons. Expect lots of games, talking, laughing and processing in addition to running and movement at each practice.
Is GOTR a recognized leader?
Girls on the Run is recognized as a Top Research-Based SEL Program in a new Social-Emotional Learning Guide developed by researchers at Harvard University and funded by the Wallace Foundation
GOTR is among the National AfterSchool Association’s Most Influential in Health and Wellness programs.
GOTR is included in the newly released SAGE Encyclopedia of Out-of-School Learning.
GOTR 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.
Is there a way for me to sponsor a girl's participation?
Yes! As a mission-driven 501(c)3, Girls on the Run relies on generous donors in order to provide more than $30,000 in program scholarships for girls in need.
Who helps accomplish the mission?
There are many wonderful people who help make GOTR Palm Beach a reality as well as support its continued success.
DONORS and SPONSORS
Every girl deserves the opportunity to participate. A gift, no matter how large or small, ensures that girls get that opportunity. Evidence shows that participating in Girls on the Run transforms girls' lives by unleashing the confidence and unstoppable strength that every girl possesses. Each gift will transform the life of a girl forever.
We could not possibly do the work we do without the help of our kind and generous supporters. Board Members, Coaches, Ambassadors, 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, Secretary
Maria Peters, Member
Amanda Rivera, Member
Kristen Skladd, 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.
We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
* 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
Significant increases in girls' emotional, social, and physical health are some of our outcomes.
Empowerment, Responsibility, Intentionality, Diversity, Connectedness, Joy, Optimism, Gratitude, Nurturing, Healthy, Open-hearted, Compassion