Throughout our organization, we work intentionally to align our actions with our values. Here is an overview of impactful initiatives to support IDEA year after year.
- Updated all policies through an IDEA lens.
- Piloted new curricula and new National Coach Training.
- Included opportunities to highlight local commitment, focus areas and progress in IDEA on website.
- Creating Gender Inclusive Spaces — Organization-wide (recorded webinar)
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- Developed IDEA Strategic Planning Toolkit and began the facilitation of IDEA Cohorts within the council network.
- Updated Girls on the Run curriculum to pilot in 2023 with new IDEA-centered topics.
- Updated National Coach Training to pilot in 2023 with goal of further elevating coaches’ ability to provide a safe, positive, inclusive space for all participants.
- Created new council websites with Spanish and English translations and provided council funding for custom translations needs.
- Updated design approach and brand elements to increase accessibility and inclusivity.
- Developed resources to reach and engage more non-native English speakers.
- Conducted multiple listening sessions on gender across the council network and engaged a gender expert to review curriculum and coach training.
- Supported councils across 27 states in recruiting staff members using the inclusive hiring program.
- Updated board recruitment resources and piloted with councils.
- Lunch n’ Learn with Move United Strategic Alliance — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Where Do We Go From Here? Owning the Deep Commitment to Help and Not Harm — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Navigating Cultural Conflict in the GOTR Ecosystem — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Successful Strategies for Board Diversification — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Using Coaching Skills to Build Staff Leadership — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Culturally Responsive Behavior Support: What, Why and How — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Strategic Staff Recruitment for Impactful Change — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- The Changing Gender Landscape — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Unpacking IDEA: Social Justice and Cultural Responsiveness in GOTR Programming — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Being An Ally: A Culture Workshop — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Values-Based Communications In a Divided Landscape — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Community Engagement and Collective Impact: Building Coalitions in Your Community — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- IDEA at The Heart of What We Do — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Chasing Rainbows: In Pursuit of Gender Inclusion in a Binary World — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Let’s Meet the Moment: How GOTR Can Support Girls to Meet Their Most Pressing Needs — Council Staff and Board (live webinar)
- Strategies and Tools to Build a High-Performing, Connected Culture — Council Staff and Board (live webinar)
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- Set goal for all councils to develop a strategic plan that embeds IDEA by 2023.
- Assessed IDEA within curriculum, coach training, development/evaluation process and program model/delivery method to ensure all participants, across all intersecting social identities, have a meaningful and engaging experience.
- Engaged Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium to conduct an external review and assessment of existing materials, completing secondary research and conducting a constituent evaluation. Participants, families, and coaches overwhelmingly felt that GOTR was inclusive, promoted diversity, and was accessible and equitable.
- Established subcommittees comprised of council representatives charged with developing initiatives that advance IDEA Strategic Imperatives across the movement.
- Forged a partnership with Move United to help bridge the gap between individuals with and without disabilities.
- Launched inclusive recruitment program including education, resources and support.
- Developed a data dashboard to monitor representation in job candidate pools.
- Formed national employee resource groups for BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ staff members.
- Selected as one of Charlotte Business Journal’s Best Places to Work in 2021 and consistently rated highly as an inclusive organization by staff since 2017.
- Launched three-part justice, equity, diversity and inclusion training for GOTR HQ staff.
- IDEA Strategic Planning & Resources Webinar — Council Staff and Board (live webinar)
- Sharing Our National IDEA Strategic Imperatives — Council Staff and Board (live webinar)
- Overview of Findings from Mid-Atlantic Equity Consortium equity-centered Assessment — Council Staff and Board (live webinar)
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- Expanded gender policy to include nonbinary and gender-nonconforming children.
- Established IDEA Commission to develop strategies that leverage and guide our financial, intellectual and human resources to advance inclusion, diversity, equity and access.
- Added social identity and bias modules to coach training.
- Hired independent research firm to conduct national parent/guardian engagement survey to better understand the perspective of diverse families with children in the program. Found that 95% of Hispanic, 94% of Black and 92% of white parents/guardians felt like their child belonged at Girls on the Run.
- Updated National Coach Training to include disability inclusion, trauma-sensitive coaching and sexual abuse prevention.
- Updated performance management system to include behaviors aligned with core values. Launched an ‘Own Your Growth’ individual development strategy to encourage personal empowerment.
- Disability Inclusion: Training, Resources and Tools — Council Staff and Board (recorded webinar series)
- Conversations that Matter
- Elevating Safety and Inclusion at GOTR — Council Staff and Board (recorded webinar series)
- Trauma-sensitive training — Council Staff and Board (live webinar)
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- Developed end-of-season coach and parent surveys to assess perceptions of belonging, impact and overall experience.
- Piloted disability inclusion council training and developed a disability inclusion guide.
- Launched Culture Committee comprised of diverse HQ staff to reinforce an inclusive and vibrant workplace that embodies our core values.
- Extended paid family leave and adopted a flexible PTO policy for HQ employees to celebrate holidays that are personally significant to them
- Go Where the Girls Are: Successfully Working with Community Based Organizations — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Expanding our Definition of All: Curriculum Adaptations for Girls on the Run — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- What is Access & Inclusion – Really? — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Beyond Diversity Rhetoric: Cultural Intelligence for our Global Village
- The Art of Hiring Top Talent — Council Staff and Board (Summit + recorded webinar)
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- Collaborated with the National Center on Health, Physical Activity and Disability to develop a disability inclusion strategy.
- Released resources and tools to councils to support the engagement of diverse coaches.
- Updated participant and site recruitment materials to represent the diversity of girls served and showcase outcomes.
- Access & Inclusion 4-Part Training Series: Self Identity, Bias, A&I at GOTR, and Goal Setting — Organization-wide (recorded series)
- Serving Girls & Sites with Limited Financial Resources: Training, Resources and Tools — Council Staff and Board (recorded webinar)
- Tools to Build and Diversify Your Coaching Pool — Council Staff and Board (recorded webinar)
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- Trained staff on IDEA to deepen employees’ understanding of and commitment to an inclusive culture.
- Launched National Coach Training to prepare coaches to provide a positive, inclusive space for all participants.
- Implemented an online applicant tracking system to attract a diverse candidate pool, standardize recruitment processes to mitigate hiring bias, and expanded job postings to diverse organizations and platforms to share job postings.
- Retained a multicultural agency to identify barriers for diverse volunteers and develop a plan to reduce them.
- Standardized reporting of council staff and board member race, ethnicity, and gender data.
- The What, Why and How of Diversifying Your Coaching Pool — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Access and Inclusion Webinar, a precursor to A&I series — Council Staff and Board (live webinar)
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- Integrated diverse constituent input and a girl-centered design approach to revise curriculum.
- Released parent-facing and participant-facing materials in English and Spanish.
- Inspiring Greatness through Diversity and Inclusion
- Ensuring Diversity and Inclusion at Your Council — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
- Creating Diversity Initiatives that Work
- Realizing the Many Dividends that Come from Diversity and Inclusion — Council Staff and Board (Summit)
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- Began purchasing and distributing compensation benchmarking data to ensure competitive compensation for employees. Councils report salary data annually to HQ with the goal of every employee being equitably compensated.
- Introduced a total compensation plan to ensure equitable pay for HQ staff.
- Committed to recruiting diverse board members who could strengthen board deliberations and decision-making.
- Launched inclusive employee performance review process where 50% of annual performance is based on behaviors that align with the core values.
- Established policy to welcome anyone who identifies as a girl to participate.