Girls on the Run Program in Montgomery County

Impact Area

Tutor/Mentor ChildrenWellness/Health

Volunteer Group Name & URL

Girls on the Run of Montgomery County

Organization Served & URL

Girls on the Run of Montgomery County

Project Goal/Description

Girls on the Run is an after-school program for girls in grades 3-8. The program's goal is to promote healthy choices for pre-teen participants through a combination of weekly educational discussions and physical training for a 5k race. The program, which spans 10 weeks, includes training for the 5k and a forum for pre-teen girls to discuss issues affecting their lives as they approach adolescence. Learning about important issues (such as eating disorders, bullying, and drugs/alcohol use) is incorporated into the physical preparation for the race (i.e. exercises, workouts, games).

Timeline for Planning

A season lasts for 10 weeks, with a Fall session (mid-September to mid-November or early December) and a Spring session (mid-March to late May).

Volunteer Opportunities include serving as a head coach, assistant coach, substitute coach, site evaluator, or race volunteer. Before a session begins, interested volunteers should contact the organization at marie@girlsontherunofmoco.org or complete an application via the organization's website.

How Many Volunteers

Each program site must have a minimum of two trained head coaches at each meeting. Groups (minimum 8 girls, maximum 15 girls) meet twice per week at a chosen location for 1 hr. to 1 hr. and 15 min. sessions. Interested coaches are trained and CPR certified (cost reimbursed by organization).

How Was This Publicized to Recruit Volunteers?

Publicity includes promotion through the Girls on the Run of Montgomery County website.

Required Facilities, Materials & Expenses

Facilities/Space: Weekly meetings are held at designated school locations throughout the County. If there is no nearby program site for an interested participant/volunteer, there is the opportunity to start a site at a new location.
Project supplies: Costs such as those for CPR certification and for snacks provided at the end of each lesson are reimbursed by Girls on the Run. The organization also provides curriculum framework/materials for the weekly meetings.

Challenges

Challenges may include addressing the differences in athletic ability among participants.

Group Type

Nonprofit

Strategic Priority Addressed

Children Prepared to Live & Learn

Result

Results include a boost in self-confidence and healthy lifestyle choices (including exercising daily) for program participants.

Special Points of Interest

  • Girls on the Run of Montgomery County is a local chapter of the Girls on the Run International organization.
  • The program is for everyone- even for participants who don't enjoy running!