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Girls on the Run, for girls in third through eighth grade, is a develpmentally focused youth sport program using running as a vehicle to influence positive social, cognitive, physical, emotional and psychological skills and experiences. The curriculum incorporates training for a 5k (3.1 miles) event with lessons that inspire third through eighth grade girls to intentionally choose a positive lifestyle that avoids risky adolescent behaviors such as eating disorders, depression, suicide, teen pregnancy, substance and alcohol abuse, low self-esteem, abusive relationships, and violence/crime.
Through our 10-week/twice weekly lessons, girls discuss and participate in activity that develop the life skills necessary to improve their self-esteem and satisfaction with body size and shape, increase their positive attitude and investment in physical activity and it value in a happier, healthier life.
Girls on the Run of Coastal Georgia has as many as 28 program sites in any one season. A volunteer group of at least 3 adults, all trained by GOTR here in Savannah, teach a maximum group of 20 girls at any one site. We serve Bryan, Chatham, Liberty, and Richmond Hill areas currently. Most of our programs are held at elementary or middle schools, twice a week for 1 1/2 hours for a 10-week session in the fall and spring.
The curriculum includes three components: understanding and valuing one's individual strengths and uniqueness; developing and experiencing teamwork and positive peer interaction; and understanding the world at large which has the girls create and execute a local community service project and feel the satisfaction that comes from helping others. Each session ends with a celebratory 5k event that includes family and friends in a noncompetitive race. Lessons around peer pressure, bullying, gossip, nutrition, gratitude and positive values for example, help develop life skills to make positive decisions that lead to a purposeful, healthy life.
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