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Girls On The Run - Dc

Rating: 4.88 stars   16 reviews 3,032

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth

Address:

1200 18th St NW, Suite 700 Washington DC 20036 USA

Mission:

The mission of Girls on the Run-DC (GOTR-DC) is to provide preteen girls (grades 3-8) in Washington, DC with an innovative experiential learning program that pairs a proven character development curriculum with running instruction. The life skills curriculum equips girls with the information and empowerment they need to meet life’s pressing challenges: from peer pressure to bullying, body image to healthy relationships and healthy living. During each 10-week program (offered fall and spring) girls will develop and improve competence, build confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and self with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. The girls also set goals and challenge themselves physically as they prepare for a culminating 5K race, which takes place at Anacostia Park.

Results:

Nearly 1,800 girls became Girls on the Run in DC last year and learned they have limitless potential. The curriculum, which is written by educators, piloted, tested and rolled out across 225 councils encourages girls to make thoughtful decisions, improves their self-confidence, body image and increases their physical activity along with imparting life skills that can be applied now and into adulthood.

Target demographics:

girls in 3rd - 8th grade learn to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that integrates running.

Direct beneficiaries per year:

over 1800 girls across all 8 wards of the city

Geographic areas served:

Washington DC

Programs:

the life skills curriculum which equips girls with the information and empowerment they need to meet life’s pressing challenges: from peer pressure to bullying, body image to healthy relationships and healthy living.

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Reviews for Girls On The Run - Dc

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a coach for GOTR for three years and have had a very positive experience. The program targets many important situations kids encounter as they are growing up. It helps give them the skills and confidence they need to move through these challenging situations, while adding the importance of physical activity and nutrition. It is a well organized and balanced program.

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Wonderful program and experience, both for the participants and the volunteers. It's incredibly gratifying to watch the girls learn and grow across the season, and a ton of fun for everyone involved - especially the 5k! The coaching structure is well-organized and supportive, providing every resource needed along the way.

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Working with GOTR-DC has been extremely fulfilling. The girls are eager to learn and practice their run. They feel so accomplished towards the end of the semester. For some of the girls that had a chance to join for the second semester, they were able to encourage family members to run with them. It has been an amazing experience and I'm looking forward to the upcoming school year!

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GOTR has had an amazing impact on my students. This will be my fourth season coaching, and I think this is one of the best afterschool programs that girls in elementary school can be involved with. The girls learn basic principles of fitness, but also how to live a healthy lifestyle throughout the course of the program. We noticed the girls in school using positive techniques to solve conflicts, deal with bullying, and supporting each otherwith positive language during the school day. The effects of the program are long-lasting and easily observable. Also, the sense of accomplishment that the girls feel after finishing the end of the season 5K race is amazing! This race helps the girls learn a can-do attitude. The staff at GOTR is great, they are extremely responsive and ready to help whenever and however they can. The program offer scholarships for girls need as well as free shoes. So, the program is accessible to all.

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GOTR is an incredibly powerful program for the young girls in our school! The curriculum is well paced and well organized and builds self-esteem and coping skills while also teaching perseverance and cooperation skills. The GOTR office is efficient and well-organized and logistics always run smoothly. They support coaches well and empower us to empower our girls!

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I have been a coach with Girls on the Run for several seasons and each season is more rewarding then the next. This a great organization for Youth Development and Character Building for Girls. The staff is great. The program is highly organized and effective.

It is amazing to see the girls blossom over a season and to see them become part of a team and form bonds with other girls through team discussions and running. At the very beginning of the season, there are always a few quiet girls, and without fail, a few weeks in, they want to share and are as excitable and outgoing as the others, and their individual personalities come out. This idea of helping girls bring out their personalities and get rid of that self-conscious exterior that many of us carry with us is part of what brings me back season after season.

Grace, who is now a 6th grader summed up exactly what Girls on the Run aims to achieve in an end of a season note: "Dear Coach Elyse, Thank you for making it possible to do Girls on the Run. I felt like I couldn't do it, but you urged me on and made me feel like the one and only Grace. You made the impossible, possible."

If you aren't able to commit to coaching, the organization has many one day volunteer opportunities and social fundraising opportunities such as Solemates.

This is easily the most rewarding and best non-profit that I have volunteered with.

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I have been involved with Girls on the Run for about two years now. I had first found out about the organization by the Northern Virginia branch. We use their same race course and had learned a lot about the race aspect but never the program. Once Girls on the Run DC moved into our office space, I quickly learned all about the program and wanted to know how I could get involved. I am now a coach at one of the GOTR-DC locations and am LOVING the experience. I never realized how much girls at this young age have to go through at school and with their friends until I was entrenched in the age group again. Its hard to believe you forget so quickly. I have been motivated and inspried by these girls that come out twice a week to RUN and learn more about themselves and how to react to the dangers of being a teenage girl. I have never run a 5k and cannot wait to run with my girls. What a great program and GREAT EXPERIENCE this has been for me!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my running abilities as well as being a supportive adult and a good friend

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Make this more available to others

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Makes me feel worthy of helping

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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1 person found this review helpful

I am a current coach for GOTR-DC. I began coaching this past fall and have had nothing but a wonderful experience. The service this provides the girls, the modes, healthy lifestyle choices and enrichment is beyond words. My girls know the mission, and the big goal. Nothing beats seeing their faces on race day when they step over the finish line. They know they can achieve whatever they put their minds too!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Watching my students grow in confidence and themselves.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Every girl/school should have this program.

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Girls on the Run makes a critically important difference in the lives of young girls and its work is truly commendable. My dear friend is a Girls on the Run coach and her stories have moved me to tears. Furthermore, I have watched her personally learn more about the importance of self-esteem (through her experience as a coach), and she's used the strength and perspective gained to inspire her friends and family - and it's helped in a major way! Girls on the Run doesn't just help its immediate participants - it has stakeholders it doesn't even know about.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

through my friend's personal stories and my work in the non-profit sector.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

None. Girls on the Run is a very impressive place

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I have been a GOTR coach for three years and I love it! The girls learn to be confident with who they are. The lessons and runs during practice teach important life skills. Running the 5 K at the end of the season is an amazing way to celebrate all that the girls have accomplished. I love watching the girls dye their hair, cheer each other on, and blot over the finish line. They are still smiling days after the race. Today I held practice and here are a few comments the girls made:
- I wrote my running goal in my journal, so it is serious. I need to accomplish it.
- The rubber bands from practice yesterday reminded me I was beautiful all day.
- You are five times beautiful.
I'm constantly hearing remarks like this from the girls. This program empowers them.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I teach fourth grade and coach the girls in grades 3-5 at my school. I love seeing the positive impact that GOTR has on my students that participate. I have noticed that by the end of the season the girls are more comfortable with their bodies, more willing to take risks, better at solving social problems, good at setting goals, and build stronger friendships. This is evident in the classroom, on the playground, and at practice.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

allow a more flexible practice schedule. I would also change the number of coaches required. We have four coaches on our team, which is not necessary.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

I love getting to know my students as a coach and not just in the classroom.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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