Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.
The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age. They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships. And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.
Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of each ten week session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5k event. This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum. Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.
WHAT TO EXPECT FROM THE CURRICULUM
You can follow what your girl is doing at Girls on the Run each week, using the outline below. Because of days that school is not in session, we sometimes combine two lessons to catch up. You will receive a free copy of The Grown Up Guide. This booklet includes questions you can ask to start a conversation about each lesson. It also contains a training program to prepare someone in your family to participate in the 5K Fun Run with your girl.
The coaches appreciate hearing from you about how your girl is responding to Girls on the Run. Don’t expect changed behavior overnight. Do look for and praise and openly appreciate the positive behaviors you do see. Family members will have the opportunity to complete a Parent Survey during the last week.
We alternate Curriculum 1 and 3, so the games and discussion is different from one season to the next to provide variety for girls who choose to participate several times. But all have the same general topics in a similar sequence.
Lessons in Curriculum 1
>Identity: Self-Care, Self-Awareness, Knowing Self
Lesson 1: Becoming a Girls on the Run Team
Lesson 2: Choosing to be a Girl on the Run
Lesson 3: Star Power
Lesson 4: Self-Talk Matters
Lesson 5: Finding Balance **Open House/Family Reception**
Lesson 6: Exploring Emotions
Lesson 7: Stop and Take a BrThRR
>Connectedness: Selecting Healthy Relationships and Keeping Them Healthy
Lesson 8: Empathy
Lesson 9: Making Friends
Lesson 10: Being Friends
Lesson 11: Choosing Friends
Lesson 12: Communicating with Others
Lesson 13: Working as a Team
>Empowerment: Celebrating and Sharing Strengths
Lesson 14: How We Help
Lesson 15: Practice 5K!
Lesson 16: Compromise (Brainstorming and Deciding Our Community Impact Project)
Lesson 17: Our Strengths (Planning the Community Impact Project)
Lesson 18: Choosing Gratitude
Lesson 19: Using our Star Power (Implementing the Community Impact Project)
Lesson 20: Our GOTR Toolbox
Lesson 21/22: Final Celebration
OUR GOALS FOR EVERY GIRL
♥ Develop a stronger sense of identity
♥ Learn to stand up for herself
♥ Have an improved body image
♥ Build supportive relationships
♥ Complete the 5K run/walk