Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run®: 3rd-5th Grade Girls

Girls on the Run® was developed specifically for girls in third, fourth and fifth grade (ages 8-12). The after-school program combines training to participate in a running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting workouts and a community service project. The teams – which consist of 8 to 15 girls – meet two times per week right after school for an hour and a half. Most teams begin meeting at about 3:30 or 3:45 pm.

The goal of the program is to encourage positive emotional, social, mental, spiritual and physical development. Furthermore, we encourage participants to talk with their family every day about what is going on with them. The 10-week curriculum attempts to help each girl find and stay true to her REAL self.

Why this age?

GOTR is best suited for prevention purposes for girls between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. This is a time when children are still receptive to what adults have to say, yet they are beginning to feel the pull of peer pressure. Studies show that around the time of 5th grade, some girls go to a place that we call “The Girl Box.” The Girl Box is a place where girls feel as if they are valued more for their appearance, who their friends are and what kind of clothes they wear – as opposed to the strength of their character. It is the perfect time to address important personal and relationship issues to a girl – like learning how to manage her emotions, the dangers of gossiping, how and when to speak up for herself and more. It is a great time to develop skills to handle these issues to help each girl STAY OUT OF THE BOX.

Girls on The Run Session Overview

All About Me: Getting to know who I am and what I stand for

Lesson 1: Getting To Know Each Other

Lesson 2: Being a Girl of Your Word

Lesson 3: Making Important Changes

Lesson 4: Taking Care of Our Physical Health

Lesson 5: Being Emotional is Healthy

Lesson 6: Taking Time to Be Thankful

Lesson 7: Drugs Hurt Your Chances

Lesson 8: Values are Valuable

Building My Team: Understanding the importance of cooperation

Lesson 9: Learning About Cooperation

Lesson 10: Learning To Listen

Lesson 11: Gossiping is a Bad Habit

Lesson 12: Bullying is for the Birds

Lesson 13: Standing Up For Myself

Lesson 14: The Keys to Making Healthy Decisions

Lesson 15: Being a Good Sport

Lesson 16: Doing a 5k!

Community Begins With Me: Learning about community and designing our community project

Lesson 17: You Call It

Lesson 18: Community Begins with Me

Lesson 19: Media Literacy

Lesson 20: Finalizing the Community Project

Lesson 21: Completing the Community Project

Lesson 22: Finishing Strong

Lesson 23: The Finishing Touches

Lesson 24: Final Celebration