Coach a Girls on the Run (GOTR) program and inspire girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident! Girls on the Run is an after school program for 3rd-8th grade girls. It is an 8-week program, meeting twice a week for 90 minutes. We only need one more volunteer to help out once a week. We use running to empower girls with life skills such as self-awareness, self-confidence, goal setting, team building, and more. At the end of the program, we run a celebratory 5K with all GOTR teams, coaches, family, and friends.
**You do not have to be a runner to be a coach**
We are taking extra precautions to insure our coaches and girls are as safe as possible during this pandemic. Safety measures during practice include:
Reduced team sizes
Teams meet outside
Wearing masks when physical distancing is not possible
Eliminating shared materials
Coaching a Girls on the Run program is the most rewarding way to get involved with Girls on the Run. You get to experience the program first hand, feel a sense of accomplishment that you have made a difference in the lives of girls and have a ton of fun with your team of coaches and incredible girls.
The volunteer coach position works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to program participants. This position works closely with the Executive Director and entails approximately 3-4 hours per week.
Major responsibilities include: preparing, organizing, and supervising the weekly lessons; (curriculum and materials provided) leading the program participants through each lesson; serving as a role model and mentor; attending a community running race with program participants and other volunteers; interacting with parents of program participants; and understanding the mission of the organization.
The spring 2021 season program begins March 23 through May 22 and will follow the Washington County School District schedule. The Lava Ridge team meets every Tuesday and Thursday at 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm pm beginning March 23.
This volunteer position may be used as a service-learning project, internship, or other college credit project upon agreement of the college/university and Director.
All interested candidates must apply for the volunteer position using the Girls on the Run Southern Utah online application form, www.gotrsouthernutah.org/coach.
We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd - 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.
The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age. They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. 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 importance of team work and healthy relationships.
Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness. At the end of each three month session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5k event. This celebratory, event is the culminating experience of the curriculum. Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.