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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development Programs

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 2,050 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 2,050 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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30 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been aware of GOTR for several years as I would occasionally see my neighborhood school's team practicing and thought "what a great concept." Recently my exposure to the program has been as a parent of two girls that participated for four straight seasons. Watching my two girls experience the program has been fantastic. I always knew that the exercise portion was something that could make a girl feel better about themselves, but the whole curriculum has been wonderful to observe. My girls have talked about the lessons and shared their perspectives on how the conversations have helped them navigate some tough social dynamics. They feel stronger physically and emotionally because of the program. GOTR is a wonderful addition to their education!

Keisha6

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had the pleasure of volunteering with Girls on the Run during their spring 5k run event. I was so inspired by the camaraderie and positive energy - it was absolutely magnetic. I love GOTR's mission of creating confident and capable young ladies. I can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to participate in the program.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Girls on the Run DC for over 5 years and I have brought it to two different schools in DC. This incredible program provides an amazing experience for so many girls across varying backgrounds and social economic status. As a coach and site liaison, I have seen our girls grow in self confidence, self esteem and developing a more healthy lifestyle. The lessons are engaging and the girls are always so excited to reach their goal in distance as they work up to their 5k. You know you've made an impact when you go by the local park and see the girls running with a family member encouraging their own family to be more active! Furthermore, my current school is 100% sponsorship and support my girls get from GOTR-DC is truly amazing, from having a corporate sponsorship to providing my team with shoe scholarships. This program is truly amazing and has such a strong positive impact in girls lives.

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alyssa13 10/16/2016

We're very grateful for your passion for the mission and the girls. Thank you for helping change girls' lives!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girls on the run DC is one of my favorite non profits in DC. The mission is so simple: help little girls of all wards feel more confident and stronger through the use of a creative running program that also teaches them healthy habits. I love that girls of all 8 wards follow the exact same program and that many girls (60-70%) are on scholarships from girls on the run. They get to all run together for the 5K which is awesome! The staff is passionate and very supportive, going above and beyond to support volunteers. Getting involved always brightens my day!!

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alyssa13 10/16/2016

We're truly honored by the amazing support of our community in giving girls the chance to participate and learn life skills that will help them now and into adulthood. Thank you for your remarkable support.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girls on the Run has been an incredible experience for so many girls across the country. As a coach for over 10 seasons, I have seen our girls grow and learn so much about themselves over the years. The lessons are so beneficial in promoting self-esteem, healthy lifestyles and positive relationships. The girls are so proud of their accomplishments and watching the smiles on our girls faces as they cross the finish line of the 5K is priceless. The program has done so much for my students and I'm so glad we've been able to positively influence so many girls with this amazing program!

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alyssa13 10/16/2016

Thank you! Because of you, girls in our community learn that they have limitless potential!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

GOTR has had my heart for many, many years. As a native North Carolinian, where the program originated, I learned about the program through my father who died in 2005 after a battle with cancer. As the father of two girls, he connected deeply with the mission of GOTR and encouraged me to get involved since he knew I was passionate about running. In celebration of his legacy, I became a coach and a founding board member of the local DC Board. It has been an extraordinary privilege to watch the organization grow and mature through the years. Thoughtful leaders have helped the program expand its reach, thus impacting thousands of girls lives.

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alyssa13 10/14/2016

We are so honored to have your support!

Donor

Rating: 5

Girls on the Run - DC is one of my favorite nonprofits! I had the great pleasure of joining the founding board of the organization and have witnessed the incredible growth and impact GOTR has made in DC. There is outstanding leadership on staff and on the board and they do an excellent job of recruiting coaches and volunteers to support the program. Every parent I have ever talked to has always raved about the program and the positive impact it has had on their daughter. I have participated as a buddy runner in their 5K races and I am always inspired by the girls and their enthusiasm and determination. I strongly encourage everyone to get involved with this organization...run in the 5K race, be a buddy runner, participate in the SoleMates program, coach a team, be a donor...you won't regret it! Girls on the Run is so much fun!

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alyssa13 10/14/2016

Thank you! We're grateful for your support and passion for the program.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Girls on the Run - DC is a phenomenally well-run and positive program for young girls! Having interacted with this organization as both a coach and now a board member, I have seen firsthand that every aspect of the program is thoughtfully aligned to the mission and focused on providing a great experience for as many girls as possible in DC, along with their families and the many volunteers that happily give their time to support this great work. Every season, the hundreds of girls who participate walk away with a broadened mindset and useful tactics to become healthy, confident and joyful young women!

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alyssa13 10/14/2016

We love our volunteers who bring joy to young girls each and every day! Thank you for your dedication.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

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.

Mary463

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Girls on the Run is a phenomenal organization that provides it's volunteers with superb resources to provide first rate training to grade school aged girls to not only enable them to successfully complete their first 5K, but also to empower them to stand up against peer pressure, bullying, and a variety of social issues facing young women today. Girls on the Run also puts on a first-rate 5K at the culmination of each semester's training program that is simply excellent. I cannot say enough good about this organization and what it does for young women and the way it equips its volunteers to execute the mission.

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alyssa13 10/14/2016

Thank you for your heartfelt comments! It makes us smile when volunteers like you join our organization to change girls' lives.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Wonderful nonprofit with low overhead and great recruitment of repeat and new volunteers!

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alyssa13 10/14/2016

Thank you very much for taking the time to comment and for giving back to the girls in our community through volunteerism!