Girls on the Run: 3rd – 5th Grade Program
Over a period of 10-12 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 teamwork 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 session, the girls participate in a 5K run. 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.
Heart & Sole: 6th – 8th Grade Program
Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond.
The Heart & Sole curriculum was developed to meet the unique needs of middle school girls. The curriculum addresses the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection. It is a 10-week program with a small team of 8-15 girls.
The program teaches life skills such as:
•Creating a support system
•Making connections & friendships
•Standing up for themselves and others
•Asking for and providing help
The “Girl Wheel” is the central concept of the program and focuses on the whole girl. In each lesson, girls participate in activities related to the Girl Wheel components: body, brain, heart, spirit and social.
The wheel helps demonstrate the parts of themselves that impact their lives, their families, their schools and their neighborhoods. Girls learn to use the Girl Wheel to identify areas of themselves they’d like to nurture and ways they can contribute to change around them.
Physical activity is a core element of the program and includes strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. The season concludes with the Girls on the Run 5k , a celebratory event that underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they’ve been developing in the program and gives them a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement.
All Girls on the Run coaches are volunteers who believe in our mission and have a passion for helping girls be true to themselves. Each year, more than 600 women give their time to be a part of Girls on the Run. Many of our coaches say they get as much out of the program as the girls do. All coaches are trained by Girls on the Run of the Rockies and go through background checks. Interested in coaching?