GIRLS ON THE RUN OF NOVA

Rating: 4.29 stars   17 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth, Education, Sports

Location: 10560 Main St Ste 514 Fairfax VA 22030 USA

Mission: We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

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Rating: 5 stars  

This is my ninth season as a Coach for Girls on the Run. I continue to coach at the same school where I taught for 26 years and from which I retired in 2010. I travel 15 miles each way because I see this 'job' as one of the most fulfilling I've ever had. I coached a preteen whose grades improved in five areas between first quarter and second. I truly believe that it was a boost in confidence and self-esteem - at the heart of the Girls on the Run philosophy - that made this possible. I've worked with another young lady who had trouble putting one foot ahead of the other to complete a quarter-mile lap and is now looking forward to her first 5K. I can't say enough about the impact of this program and its importance in the lives of the girls it touches!!!

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a GOTR coach since 2006. This program is critical for young girls in developing positive self esteem and healthy living. I wished there had been something like this for me as a young girl. I have seen girls come to the program shy, self conscious, and hating to exercise and in 12 weeks they are CHANGED. The shy quiet girl is excited to share an experience and cannot wait to run laps. The program really gives girls a safe place to discuss the numerous challenges that face young girls today. It is NOT a running program, but we use running and the 5k as a way to reinforce the theme of an active lifestyle and healthy living.

I have seen my girls complete 3 years of middle school Girls on Track and head into high school so much better prepared for the challenges they are faced with. The teachers at my school tell my my girls are much more focused in school and do better because of the program. I still keep in touch with some of my girls that are in college now and are leading successful lives with bright futures. All of them will say that the program changed their lives and gave them the confidence they needed to go after their dreams.

I read a few of the reviews that talked about the cost. I understand it is expensive for a lot of families, but there is no price you can put on helping a young girl to develop positive self esteem and point her in the direction of an active lifestyle. There is SO much pressure on young girls today. As a parent you need to take every opportunity you can to help your daughter through these rough years. This program is one of the best things I have seen that does this.

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

The big 5k at the end of the season has gotten too big. Having a local race would be easier on the coaches, parents and kids.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

I first heard of GOTR through my daughter's elementary school and found out there was a need for volunteer coaches. I am a fitness professional and thought this would be a great way to spend my time. I also learned that running is just a small portion of what this organization is teaching these young ladies. The life lessons they are receiving are invaluable. Having my daughter in GOTR has been a blessing. She is now a 5th grader with confidence and knows what it means to be true to herself and positive about who she is! And I'm grateful that I've been able to share these memories with her and her friends.

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

I would like to see the 5K race done a little differently. Several smaller 5k races would be better than one huge one at a venue that cannot handle it.

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 5 stars  

I first became aware of Girls on the Run Northern Virginia when a friend's daughter became involved. I was her Buddy Runner and was amazed at the program.

The fact that the program is available to young girls is awesome and that I could also be a party of it was great too.

I decided to become a volunteer and found a Head Coach position and have been doing it almost a year now. It has been an awesome experience. I do feel like I make a difference and the NOVA GOTR staff have been supportive.

The NOVA GOTR staff are always there to answer questions and provide support. The way they organize everything is efficient and it couldn't be easier to be part of this organization. It's been a joy to volunteer with them.

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

This is not against NOVA GOTR - but if there was a way to change the curriculum more often for the girls who go through the program every year and make it new and fresh, would be nice.

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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Review from Guidestar
Rating: 1 stars  

The fee of $165 is far too high. In addition the organization apparently doesn't want to take cash or checks from individual girls registering under the reduced rates. I am against the public school promoting this organization, and then making me the "bad guy" because I won't pay that much for my daughter to join. My daughter has done this for 2 years now and the only thing I see out of the "program" is time set aside afterschool with a teacher to run. The so-called "materials" are not all that useful.

Additionally it is my understanding the organization does not want to accept individual payments of cash or check from girls registering. So they dump that work and hassles on the local volunteers as well. Don't waste your money supporting this organization, support your county recreation center or school programs first.

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

None

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

No

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Badly

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Girls on the run is an after-school program based on teaching young girls in grades 3-6 to become more active, healthy, and emotionally aware. As an assistant coach, I was amazed at the amount of encouragement and support from parents, friends, event organizers, and community memebers during our end-of-season 5K. This program is truly exceptional to the lives of young girls who benefit from learning how to live a healthy lifestyle.

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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?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 4 stars  

What a great organization GOTR is, these women are doing so much for the young girls of NOVA. This is evident when attending an event and you see those young girls with so much confidence, poise and enjoying what they are doing. My girls are young women now, but I so wish this type of an organization would have been available for them in their formative years. I am a volunteer for this organization and I find the day so rewarding being around these young girls. I will volunteer again and again and tell all my friends about it. Kudos to the staff of GOTRofNOVA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 1 stars  

My main objection to this organization is the finances. They charge $165 per semester per girl -- much more than the other after-school classes with paid staff -- yet rely on volunteer coaches. In other organizations with volunteer leaders(e.g. soccer that costs $40 a season and girl scouts that costs $12 a year!) the cost is much less. GOTR parents pay -- A LOT -- and so it is much harder to get help to cover days when a coach is missing, or help with the practice 5K, or pick up program materials or race packets in FAIRFAX. I understand the 5K costs money, but most 5Ks I enter are $25 to $35, not $165. The curriculum is the same year after year, also. What does the money go towards? This organization expects a LOT of its volunteers but in my opinion is not a good value for coaches or girls.

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

(1) Send materials to coaches to eliminate two trips to Fairfax -- it is especially brutal fitting in a trip there the week of the race; (2) explain where the funds go to families and emphasize coaches are volunteers (lots of them assume we are paid because it costs so much); (3) provide more information about basic running training for coaches who may run themselves but don't have a lot of the theory; (4) revise the curriculum each year

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unlikely

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

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

What one change could this group make that would improve your volunteer experience?

send race packets to schools or coaches

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

I did it for my daughter, who wanted to do it and there were not enough coaches

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

used

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been involved with many organizations supporting my children, but GOTR has been by far the best organized, professional, life changing and amazing groups ever.

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Seeing the girls come across the finish line of the 5K--after months of hard work--is inspiring. The girls are exhausted, yet exhilarated that they accomplished a challenging goal. Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia is an extraordinary program in the region to build confidence and encourage healthy living in young girls. This is truly a life-changing experience for the girls and their families, as well as for the coaches and volunteers who guide and support them. Brava!

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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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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