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Girls on the Run Announces Partnership with Girl Up



Today Girls on the Run International announced its partnership with the United Nations Foundation’s Girl Up campaign, which will provide girls with opportunities to stand up for themselves and for girls across the globe and increase awareness of issues that adolescent girls everywhere face. 

“Girls on the Run International and Girl Up will inspire our youth to stand up for themselves and for girls across the globe,” said Elizabeth Kunz, President of Girls on the Run International. “By encouraging the development of self-confidence and fearlessness, this partnership will give girls the opportunity to experience personal growth while bettering their community and the world.”

 “As a Girls on the Run coach, I’ve seen firsthand how these girls help and support each other and truly care about their communities” said Melissa Hillebrenner, Deputy Director of Girl Up. “Girls in this program realize their limitless potential and are encouraged pursue their dreams.  Girl Up then gives those girls a way to take that energy and focus outward toward helping other girls around the world do the same.”  

This partnership will unite adolescent girls as they discover the power of their ideas, their voices, and their actions.  Some ways Girl Up and Girls on the Run International will work together include:

  • Girl Up girls serving as Junior Coaches (must be 16 years of age) or Coaches (must be over 18 years of age) for a Girls on the Run team in their community.
  • Girl Up Clubs running together in a Girls on the Run 5K or hosting a cheering station to encourage girls throughout the race.
  • Organize fundraisers to support local Girls on the Run councils and Girl Up to help girls in the local community and around the world.
  • Participants volunteering in community service projects for local Girls on the Run teams that support Girl Up initiatives and efforts.

Tweet this: So excited about the newly announced @GirlUp & @GOTRI partnership! When you bring more girls together, amazing things happen.

About Girl Up
Girl Up, a campaign of the United Nations Foundation, gives American girls ages 13-18 the opportunity to channel their energy and compassion to raise awareness and funds for programs of the United Nations that help some of the world’s hardest-to-reach adolescent girls. Through Girl Up’s support, girls have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.  Go to GirlUp.org to learn more.


Girls on the Run Wondergirl Award


Girls on the Run International is pleased to announce the first annual Girls on the Run Wondergirl Award contest.  The Wondergirl Award is an annual award that honors and recognizes Girls on the Run alumnae who are embracing joy, health and confidence in their lives.  By entering the contest, three alumnae will win a two-night trip to the 2013 Summit in New Orleans and join Girls on the Run founder, Molly Barker, for a fun discussion about the transformational effect of Girls on the Run.

The contest invites former Girls on the Run participants to share how their GOTR experience influenced the choices they made in high school, college or beyond.  Interested alumnae can enter by telling us in 400 words or less, or in a 3-minute or less video, how Girls on the Run has empowered them to activate their limitless potential and boldly pursue their dreams.  

For additional information, including contest rules and entry form, please visit  facebook.com/girls.on.the.run.international

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Partnership with Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority


Girls on the Run International is pleased to announce Alpha Sigma Alpha Sorority as a new Community Partner.  The philanthropic partnership will provide volunteer and fundraising support at the local level to Girls on the Run councils across the United States and Canada. Both organizations aim to inspire and encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development in women and girls.

“Girls on the Run is proud to announce our community partnership with Alpha Sigma Alpha, whose purpose is to develop women of poise and purpose.  This objective is well aligned with our mission to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident,” said Elizabeth Kunz, President of Girls on the Run International. “Girls on the Run councils have a great need for both volunteers to serve as positive role models to the girls in our program and to fundraise at the local level.  Through this community partnership, Alpha Sigma Alpha’s members will provide this support to Girls on the Run councils.”

The partnership launches after a successful pilot of two volunteer-focused efforts this spring, and now all Alpha Sigma Alpha’s collegiate and alumnae members will have the opportunity to volunteer for over 200 Girls on the Run councils.  The support Girls on the Run receives from Alpha Sigma Alpha’s members will significantly impact its ability to serve more girls.

“We couldn’t be more excited to collaborate with Girls on the Run.  Partnering with Girls on the Run will offer our members more ways to serve and make a difference. We are excited about the impact this will have for both Alpha Sigma Alpha and Girls on the Run,” said Melissa Koch Merriam, Alpha Sigma Alpha National Vice President of Operations. 

For more information about Alpha Sigma Alpha, please visit www.AlphaSigmaAlpha.org


Partnership with Gamma Phi Beta Sorority



Girls on the Run International is excited to announce Gamma Phi Beta Sorority as a new National Non-Profit Partner.  The partnership will provide financial support to the Girls on the Run International headquarters while engaging Gamma Phi Beta’s extensive and passionate membership throughout the United States and Canada in the Girls on the Run program. With a focus on promoting the organization’s need for coaches, volunteers and funding, Gamma Phi Beta Sorority members will help Girls on the Run councils expand the program and empower more girls to celebrate their bodies, honor their voices and embrace their inner gifts.

“We are thrilled about Gamma Phi Beta coming on board as a National Non-Profit Partner of Girls on the Run,” said Elizabeth Kunz, President of Girls on the Run International. “We rely on volunteers to deliver our transformational curriculum to girls across the United States and Canada and our organization will greatly benefit from this partnership. As Gamma Phi Beta strives to inspire the highest type of womanhood, Girls on the Run similarly inspires girls to activate their limitless potential. We are excited to see and are grateful for the positive impact that Gamma Phi Beta will have on the lives of thousands of girls.”

Linda Malony, International President of Gamma Phi Beta Sorority, is equally enthusiastic about the partnership. “Gamma Phi Beta is excited to partner with Girls on the Run, an outstanding organization committed to building strong girls by inspiring them to be joyful, healthy and confident,” says Malony.  “For more than 80 years, Gamma Phi Beta has supported initiatives that meet our philanthropic mission: to build spiritual, mental and social resiliency in girls. We are proud to add Girls on the Run to our group of philanthropic partners.”  


Secret 'How Does Girls on the Run Make You Fearless Essay Winners


We are excited to announce the 10 winners of the Secret 'How Does Girls on the Run Make You Fearless" essay contest! Essay winners will each receive $500 and their council will receive $3,500. Many thanks to our National Sponsor Secret for their support of Girls on the Run!

3rd – 5th Grade 
Journey - Puget Sound (Seattle)
Isabella - Union County
Sarah - Greater Cincinnati, Inc.
Sarah - GOTR Coastal Georgia
Lauren - Kent County
Eliza - St. Louis

6th – 8th Grade                  
Juliaaynna - Muskegon (Every Woman's Place)
Madison - Franklin County, Inc.
Sarah - Glens Falls Hospital
Serena - Silicon Valley

Click here to read the 3rd-5th grade winning essays.  Click here to read the 6th-8th grade winning essays.