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How You Can Use Instagram to Empower Your Daughter

By Jessica Thiefels on 10/25/2017 | General

Instagram can cause anxiety and stress for you as a mom, even more so for your daughter, who’s growing up in a judgmental, image-centric society. The reality is, she’ll probably find a way to use it, whether you want her to or not.


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Who Has Star Power? You Do!

By Lisa Keller on 09/19/2017 | General

One of my most treasured Girls on the Run lessons to coach is the Star Power lesson. During each season, the Star Power lesson inspires the girls to practice using visualization to positively impact their thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. The lesson also teaches strategies to activate and enhance our Star Power plus how we can help others activate theirs.

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Five Questions to Consider When Signing Your Child Up for an Afterschool Program

By Allison Riley, PhD on 08/14/2017 | General

Over the course of a typical school year there are around 525 hours between 3:00 and 6:00 pm. As an afterschool professional with over ten years of experience designing, implementing and evaluating out-of-school time programs, I’ve seen the afterschool hours spent in many different ways. I’ve seen youth participate in sports, church programs, tutoring and school-based programs and, as the Senior VP of Programming and Evaluation at Girls on the Run International, I’ve seen girls transform through youth development programs. 

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Standing Together to Support All Girls

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 08/09/2017 | General

Girl Squad. Stand Together. Build each other up. Positive mindset. These are what Girls on the Run is all about. Sometimes, because of our name, people see us as “only” a running program but Girls on the Run is so much more than that!

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It's Been 40 Years Since Title IX but There’s Still More Work to Be Done

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 06/22/2017 | General

I was a child in the 70s and Title IX didn’t mean anything to me because I had no idea what it was or did, but the law meant something to me in my lived experience: I could play baseball on the boys’ team.  

While most identify Title IX with women in sports, it’s actually an educational amendment that “prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in any federally funded program or activity.” Under activity is where sport comes in. 

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Can Someone Please Explain to Me What Girly Means?

By Kenzie Kramer on 06/20/2017 | General

In my spare time, I work at a yoga studio where I clean, organize things and jam out to music between classes. Last week, while I was folding clean towels, a sweaty man came out of his yoga class and greeted me with a nod. After setting his yoga blocks on the counter, he took a big swig of water and let out an exhausted breath. Putting on my customer service hat, I asked him how his class was. His response: “You know, that class is pretty girly but it is tough!” 

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We Should Sweat the Small Stuff

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 05/25/2017 | General

The bathtub in our house has been clogged for about a week. So, a couple of days ago, I got out some tools to fix it and started in. My four year old daughter saw me and said, “Let Daddy fix it.” Daddy? Why Daddy? Because it’s a fixing thing? Why not Mommy?

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Working Hard to be Joyful

05/25/2017 | General

Girls on the Run has teamed up with Say it Forward, a platform that encourages women and girls to share their stories in hopes of inspiring other women and girls. GOTR staff member Liz Johnson shared her story of how she welcomed more joy into her life. See more Girls on the Run stories here and submit your own story here

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What is Joy, Really?

By Joy Hartman on 04/18/2017 | General

The Girls on the Run mission statement starts with, “We inspire girls to be joyful…” But what is joy, really? Thanks to the movie Inside Out, we may have a pretty adorable image of a spunky, energetic, blue-haired bundle of happiness as a permanent picture of how joy may actually look. But what is joy?

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When You Grind, You Shine

By Diana Patton on 03/20/2017 | General

Diana Patton shares why it's necessary to put in the hardwork and grind in order to successfully reach your goals. 

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The Power of Self-Awareness

By Elizabeth Kunz on 02/16/2017 | General

At Girls on the Run, we believe that there is one simple shared reality that all parents and caregivers have. They want the best for their children. This is why Girls on the Run plays such an important role in the communities it serves. We provide a safe, warm and welcoming place for all girls. We don’t tell girls what to think, we inspire them to realize that they are inherently full of potential with significant gifts to reveal to the world. 

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Girls on the Run Coach Changes Girls' Lives for 15 Years

By Kenzie Kramer on 01/24/2017 | General

When Girls on the Run coach Kira Wilsterman was told by another teacher that Katie, a third grader on her team, had used the lessons she learned in practice to stand up for herself and others, Kira knew that the time she spent with the girls on Tuesdays and Thursday afternoons was worthwhile.

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Girls on the Run Didn't Make My Daughter Love Running, but It Did Shape Her Soul

By Jennifer Borch on 01/04/2017 | General

When I signed up to coach Girls on the Run nine years ago, I fantasized about the running bond I would develop with my daughter. My back-of-the-pack rebel walker would have none of it. Girls on the Run may not have sold my daughter on running, but it shaped her soul.

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Lessons That Last a Lifetime

By Cammy Nelson on 01/04/2017 | General

It’s easy to become an adult and forget the lessons learned in GOTR. It’s safe to lean into fear and step back when I’m nervous or when I start to doubt my own abilities.  Then I remind myself that it’s all about baby steps.

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10 of Our Favorite Things That Happened in 2016

By Kenzie Kramer on 12/21/2016 | General

2016 has been a big year for Girls on the Run! This year, we served nearly 200,000 girls, completed over 11,000 Community Impact Projects and were able to provide almost 44 percent of program participants with scholarships!

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There Is No Better Friend Than a Sister

By Camille Grimsley on 12/14/2016 | General

My experience in a sorority and at Girls on the Run taught me that sisterhood is not exclusive to biology or any one particular group. Sisterhood is everywhere.

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Have You Heard of the Chicken Run?

By Sydney Mack on 11/07/2016 | General

A Girls on the Run coach shares how finding our true identities is a journey that lasts long past adolescence. 

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How to Encourage Girls to Go After Their Dreams

By Brittney Storm Rankin on 11/07/2016 | General

We all want the girls in our lives go after their dreams, but the media, our celebrity culture and social media can send mixed messages that affect their confidence. Here are some tips to encourage your daughter, granddaughter, niece, younger sister or any girl you know to have the confidence to work toward her goals. 

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Eight Quotes to Remind Us to Express Gratitude This Season

By Jami Bunton on 11/07/2016 | General

With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, it’s the perfect time to reflect on what you have to be grateful for. At Girls on the Run, we encourage everyone to express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions. Here are eight quotes about gratitude that are great reminders to express what we are grateful for in our lives.

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Protect and Empower

By Heather Pressley, PhD on 10/26/2016 | General

Parenting is a constant pull between protecting and empowering. Just like our program teaches, I want our daughter to be confident (but not too), competent (in things that matter), caring (but have boundaries), connected (to good and supportive people), show character (especially when it’s hard) and above all live a life that contributes to the world in a meaningful positive way. She’s 3½. Yes, a tall order.

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Three Life Lessons Every Woman Can Learn From Girls on the Run

By Francine Labiran on 10/12/2016 | General

Girls on the Run empowers young girls and women to be their unique selves, set goals, be confident, and so much more. Although the program includes running, the weekly lessons encourage participants and coaches to recognize their Star Power, build connections and develop healthy habits. I’ve been a coach for the past two years and in that time I’ve had the opportunity to teach (and learn) valuable life lessons from a group of amazing girls and inspiring coaches.

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Changing the Way We Compliment Our Girls

By Cheryl Unterschutz on 10/12/2016 | General

Driving to work the other morning I saw a woman standing on the side of the road at the bus stop. She was wearing a beautiful, colorful dress and head scarf. She had a muscular body. My first thought when I saw her was, "She seems like a powerful and strong woman!" Defining what I saw in those terms caught my attention! Normally, when we see women and girls we evaluate them based on their outward appearance. We use terms such as beautiful, pretty, ugly, thin, fat, etc. I have been as guilty as anyone at doing this. 

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How to Raise a Strong Woman

By Ana-Maria Temple, MD on 10/11/2016 | General

Over the past 15 years since having my daughter Allie, I have worked hard to raise a strong woman; a woman who can see past the negativity and unrealistic expectations that come with life.  In teen world, the unending effort to fit in, to be noticed and to be liked can quickly change into a vortex of self-doubt and negativity. In adult world, the buzz words in female circles are perfection, work-life balance, doing it all and having it all which result in a very daunting outlook for a young girl. So here are ten ways I’m working to raise a strong woman:

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Daring to Be Different

By Ana-Maria Temple, MD on 09/12/2016 | General

I am proud of my life.  I have a successful career and a wonderful family. It's a good life. Getting here wasn't a piece of cake, however. There is a backstory that exemplifies my favorite mantra: You can start late, be different, be uncertain, and still succeed.

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Do’s and Don’ts for Prepping for Back to School Season

By Risa Barash on 08/16/2016 | General

With two school aged kids and a successful business to run, Risa Barash is not immune to the back to school prep work blues. Risa shares her tips for an easy back to school transition.

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Four Fun Ways to Close Out Summer

08/15/2016 | General

As we turn our calendars to August, whether we are ready or not, the first day of school and end of summer is right around the corner. Looking ahead to the final weeks, there is still plenty of time for some unique summer fun while you have the kids home.

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"Raise Your Hand If You Think You're Beautiful"

By Robin Sizemore on 04/13/2016 | General

A Girls on the Run coach shares her experience of spending a season with her team and helping the girls to recognize their strengths and beauty. 

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Put It in the Pavement

By Kira Montuori on 04/07/2016 | General

In the almost 18 years from that time, I’ve run a lot.  I still get nervous for long runs and so far I've survived all of them (Please note: Survived does not necessarily mean completed) And the running has taught me a lot along the way. To be honest, I don’t love running.  In fact, most times I’d rather do anything else.  But I’ve learned that running is good for me.  

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Help Your Girl Get the Most Out of Her Girls on the Run Experience

By Caroline Holbrook on 04/06/2016 | General

Supporting your GOTR girl while sharing and encouraging some of the strategies listed below can help make sure her experience is a memorable one. 

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Girls on the Run Changed My Perspective on Life

By Anna S. on 02/29/2016 | General

No one is alone in the battle that is life. No one, I promise you. But I must admit that I didn’t fully understand that my whole life. I was quiet and sometimes lonely. I wasn’t alone, but I didn’t realize it. Not until I joined Girls on the Run. Girls on the Run changed my perspective on life.

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Thankful for My Running Shoes

By Caroline Holbrook on 01/18/2016 | General

Girls on the Run didn’t just give me a twelve week program, a cool t-shirt, or a couple new friends; it gave me a new outlook on taking care of myself, and what that means mentally and physically.

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A First-Time Coach's Journey

By Lena Estey on 01/14/2016 | General

Coach Lena shares how her GOTR season helped her to embrace love in her life. 

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How You Helped Us Make An Impact in 2015!

By Suzanna McCloskey on 12/17/2015 | General

Thanks to our generous supporters, Girls on the Run was able to accomplish several key initiatives this year that allow us to reach more girls from coast to coast. We served our 1 millionth girl, launched our new middle school program — Heart & Sole — and created the GOTR Giving Platform for peer-to-peer fundraising.

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#WearWhiteInWinter

By Carrie Hanson on 12/07/2015 | General

A 10-year-old GOTR girl helps her mom learn a lesson about confidence and fashion. 

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Ode to Coaching

By Pamela Young on 05/07/2015 | General

Pam Young, Girls on the Run International's creative specialist and editor of Remarkable! just finished her first stint coaching a Girls on the Run team. The experience made a lasting impact. She reflects on it and salutes every Girls on the Run coach past and present.

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Storybook: Going the Distance

05/01/2015 | General

Girls on the Run leads girls through a 10- to 12-week program that teaches them skills for navigating their lives with confidence and joy—all the while, using running as a learning tool and to help girls experience setting and reaching healthy goals. It’s a journey toward greater emotional and physical health. For you viewing and reading pleasure, check out this online storybook, Going the Distance, about the journey our girls experience during a season in Girls on the Run.

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For International Women's Day

By Pamela Young on 03/08/2015 | General

It's International Women’s Day, and the theme is “Make it Happen.” Life is bursting with examples of women making it happen in momentous strides or in small personal gains—many more than we could ever publish here. But on this International Women’s Day, we hope you enjoy these few stories of remarkable women and girls who have crossed our path. #InternationalWomensDay #MakeItHappen

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Video: One Girl at a Time

02/28/2015 | General

Starring girls, coaches, parents and an alumna from our program, our 2015 video shares Girls on the Run's vision and how we're working to make it a reality, one girl at a time, for a million girls and counting!

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Insight from Our Girls

By Pamela Young on 01/29/2015 | General

Girls on the Run exists to inspire joy, health and confidence in the girls we serve. Why? Let’s let them tell you. In these snippets from essays and letters we received this past year, you’ll soon understand why we often say “our girls say it best.”

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Holiday Greetings from Girls on the Run

12/25/2014 | General

This time of the year holds holidays for many cultures and faiths. Whatever your traditions this season, we wish you and your loved ones joy, health and confidence! Speaking of joy, here's a sampling of quotes we think will make you smile.

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When Girls Keep Moving Forward: 5k Reflections

By Pamela Young on 12/19/2014 | General

This fall, roughly 64,000 girls participated in one of more than 170 celebratory 5ks that conclude the Girls on the Run program season. What's that like for the girls involved? Here's the view from a new Girls on the Run council who just held their first 5k. 

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GOTR Spirit & Giving Spirit

By Pamela Young on 12/16/2014 | General

Each program cycle, every Girls on the Run team gives to their community through a community impact project the girls decide and do together! This giving spirit fits especially well during this season of holidays where gifts and giving are center stage. How will your GOTR spirit feed your giving spirit this season?

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Activity: Helping Your Girl Take a Stand Against Bullying

By Pamela Young on 10/13/2014 | General

October is National Bullying Prevention Month. What can you do with your daughter or the girls in your world to help them recognize and respond to bullying? Here are some talking points and a fun activity to do together.

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How to Talk to Your Girl About Difficult Events

By Michelle Klavohn on 09/09/2014 | General

It can be tricky to navigate conversations about sensitive issues. A traumatic event like 9/11. A death in the family. Parents splitting up. These events are hard to discuss with children for a number of reasons, but it's an important part of nurturing their growth. These guidelines might help you find a sense of direction for approaching difficult subjects.

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2 Ways to Navigate Back-to-School Challenges

By Michelle Klavohn on 08/28/2014 | General

A new school year can spur many emotions for a parent watching a child confront new scenarios. It can be challenging, especially when you see the girl you care about facing a difficult situation. But how you respond contributes an important piece of the education that comes her way.

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