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Girls On The Run - Dc

Rating: 4.84 stars   19 reviews 3,103

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth

Address:

1211 Connecticut Ave, NW Suite 304 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.

2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Reviews for Girls On The Run - Dc

Rating: 5 stars  

I've been a community coach with Girls on the Run for four seasons over the last five years. As a nonprofit professional, I've always been impressed by how smoothly GOTR operates. They've been the ideal program to volunteer for -- they have a clear sense of mission and provide an incredible opportunity in the community, they make volunteering as easy as possible for interested coaches, and they are incredibly organized when it comes to complex logistics, like the 5K for 1000+ girls and their parents. Staff has always been flexible and responsive, such as when nearly 30 girls at my school site wanted to participate in the program. They were open to us nearly doubling the size of our team and supported us by recruiting new community coaches so we could provide a safe and fun opportunity for every girl. The program is also fantastically designed for its target audience -- 3rd-5th grade girls--and provides coaches with all the materials, from curriculum to balloons and stickers, that we need to implement it. I've consistently been impressed with how the girls immediately "get" the program and start incorporating lesson tenets into the way they approach challenges and opportunities in their daily lives. It's been a great experience every year, and I'm looking forward to next year.

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

Great organization to work with and raise funds for young girls.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Great way to engage young girls in exercise and awesome curriculum to help them apply life skills.

 
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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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

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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