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Girls on the Run - DC

Rating: 4.86 stars   21 reviews 3,145

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.

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Reviews for Girls on the Run - DC

Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

As someone who has worked in the field of education for over 10 years, I’ve always believed in giving back and acting in a way that will better the lives of others. My involvement with Girls on the Run - DC is no exception. I had the opportunity to coach and act as the site liaison for Girls on the Run in spring 2015 at a school in NE DC. I had prior exposure to Girls on the Run, so I knew what an incredible organization it was, and I was excited to get involved on a deeper level. As I started coaching, practices became the highlight of my day. We only had six girls on our team, but they were so committed. Practice provided a safe space for them to talk about things that they couldn’t always talk about in the classroom walls. They actively participated in lessons and we could see them becoming more self-confident with every conversation and every run. All of our girls completed the 5k at the end of the season and every parent of our girls came to support them. In a school that often struggles with family engagement, I think this showed how important this was to the girls and their families.

Although every girl on our team grew throughout the season, there was one particular girl who really came out of her shell over the course of the season. She was the quietest girl on the team, as well as the only 8th grader, and she often would not speak up in practice. She also needed a lot of encouragement to run in practice. As the season went on, she became more comfortable and opened up more in practice. The other girls on the team would encourage her, both to speak up and to run. I often ran with her in practice to encourage her to run for longer periods of time before walking because I knew she could do it. She was awarded a spirit award by her teammates at the end of one of the practices, and you could see how much it meant to her by the smile on her face. I was especially proud to see her finish the 5k at the end of the season.

To continue my giving to Girls on the Run, I decided to become a SoleMate for the Marine Corps Marathon this past fall. It was my 6th full marathon and raising money for one of my races is something that I’d been wanting to do for awhile. Seeing the impact Girls on the Run has on young girls and knowing how many girls in DC need a scholarship to participate, I knew my money raised would be meaningful. I was able to raise over $1000 through the generosity of my friends, and I feel great knowing that will allow more girls to participate. I look forward to continuing to give back to Girls on the Run and continuing to make a difference for girls throughout the District!

If you want to support Girls on the Run-DC, consider volunteering at the upcoming community 5k, coaching at a local school in the spring, or making a donation here http://cfp-dc.org/dy0I.

 
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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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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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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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