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By Sharon Kathryn D’Agostino on 04/18/2017 | Announcements
“I love Girls on the Run,” my friend Anna* said. She went on to explain that her daughter had avoided sports because she disliked having a ball thrown, hit or kicked in her direction. Anna then described how her daughter became more confident, more self-assured, and a committed runner, all thanks to the Girls on the Run curriculum. As a passionate advocate for the empowerment of girls and women, I was destined to fall in love with Girls on the Run, just as Anna and her daughter did.
I have long believed that all women (and men) have a shared responsibility for ensuring that girls in our families and in our communities are supported in dreaming big and in recognizing their worth and how amazing they are. We can do this individually or through organizations, and I believe Girls on the Run is a stellar example of an organization that understands how to encourage, support and nurture girls to achieve their dreams and reach their full potential in life. I also believe that storytelling can be a powerful and effective way for girls to learn, to acknowledge fears, to highlight the lessons disappointments can bring, and to celebrate successes.
I launched SayItForward.org to provide a platform where every girl and every woman is encouraged to share her unique story of overcoming the fears, personal beliefs, or unrealistic expectations of others that may have held her back in any aspect of her life. Currently, women and girls from eighteen countries have shared their remarkable stories on SayItForward.org, each inspiring in its own way.
Through the power of storytelling, SayItForward.org celebrates the strength, determination and triumphs of all girls and women on their path to empowerment.
In partnership with Girls on the Run, SayItForward.org will be collecting and posting stories from girls, parents, coaches and community members who are willing to write about personal breakthroughs they have made in realizing how truly amazing they are. We know these stories will inspire others and serve to remind them that they are not alone in facing life’s challenges.
If you are reading this post, you are committed to advancing the empowerment of girls everywhere. We hope you will consider sharing one of your stories through your local Girls on the Run council. In the meantime, I invite you to visit SayItForward.org and be inspired by the powerful stories shared.