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6 Ways Girls Use GOTR Lessons in Everyday Life

By Kelly Frazee 09/05/2018 | General

Six years ago, when I first became a coach for Girls on the Run, I was also in graduate school pursuing my teaching degree. I looked forward to days I got to coach GOTR and see the girls work cooperatively, run longer or faster than they thought they could, and cheer for and support one another. Seeing them at practice “choosing to be a Girl on the Run,” as they were taught in one of their lessons, was rewarding and made me proud to observe the intentional choices that would help them grow into thoughtful, encouraging and strong women. Yet, it wasn’t until I was coaching GOTR and working as an upper elementary school teacher, that I really saw the profound impact the program had on our girls. 

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Whatever the Obstacle

By Stacie Sather 08/15/2018 | General

Several years ago, my daughter, Sunshine, and I went for a hike. While walking, she noticed something unusual. Something that struck her curiosity. 

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How GOTR Girls Gave Back This Spring

By Asha Ellison 06/15/2018 | Giving Back

Each season, GOTR girls make a positive contribution to the communities they call home through community service. Girls are given the chance to plan a Community Impact Project which provides them an opportunity to recognize the power and potential they have to make an impact on their neighbors, and neighborhoods, all around the world. From gardening at their schools to helping the homeless, GOTR girls made impressive strides during this season.

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#GirlsAre Strong

By Carol Thomas 05/16/2018 | General

Girls on the Run is committed to creating programs that are accessible and inclusive for all girls. Meet Sadie, a ten and a half year old from Birmingham, Alabama who is participating in her first season of Girls on the Run and isn't letting her disabilities hold her back.

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Five Ways to Make Your Team’s Practice 5K Memorable

By Kenzie Kramer 04/17/2018 | Fun & Games

Hair coloring, face painting, dancing, cheer stations – each Girls on the Run 5K event is packed with motivating moments that remind girls they’ve put in the work and are ready to complete their first 5K! But before girls get to the start line, they have a ten-week season with twenty practices where they run, learn new skills and grow as a team, including one practice where they complete a practice 5K to prepare for their big culminating event.

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Model Behavior: Making What We Say Match What We Do

By Asha Ellison 02/08/2018 | General

We must task ourselves to be open-minded about our sisters. We must practice empathy, have respect for, and acknowledge that women have different preferences, styles, worldviews, and experiences that contribute to who we are and how we present ourselves. Just because another girl may look, dress, or think differently than you, it doesn’t mean she is inferior. If you take away another girl’s right to exist as she is, without fear of castigation, then you, too, are surrendering your right to the same protections and freedoms.

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Peer Pressured: Making Intentional Decisions When Faced with Social Influence

By Asha Ellison 01/23/2018 | General

When I think of all the things that have significantly impacted my life, peer pressure is at the bottom of the list. I have always been a pretty strong-minded and self-sufficient person but, when I initially sat down to think about just how little an impact peer pressure has had on my life, it was a little alarming. 

“Surely, this can’t be normal,” I thought to myself.

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Who Has Star Power? You Do!

By Lisa Keller 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 Ways to Teach Kids to Value Improvement Over Winning

By Allison Riley, PhD 08/28/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

Girls on the Run senior vice president of programming and evaluation Allison Riley shares how she encourages her daughter to learn in a mastery climate, even at a very young age.

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

By Allison Riley, PhD 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 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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Kindness is Free!

By Lisa Keller 07/26/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

The simple act of kindness ought to be second nature to all of us. Nonetheless, it can be challenging at times to express it. The idea of kindness can get lost in our everyday lives - we might not make eye contact with someone so we don’t say hello, we avoid helping someone as we may not know if we are being overbearing or perhaps, we find it easier to say nothing rather than give kudos to a friend.

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I Learned Anything is Possible Because I Ran a 5K

07/21/2017 | Featured Columns & Series

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. The story below was submitted to Say it Forward by Coach S. See more Girls on the Run stories here and submit your own story here.

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Can Someone Please Explain to Me What Girly Means?

By Kenzie Kramer 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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Five Fun Lap Counter Ideas for Your Girls on the Run Season

By Kenzie Kramer 02/21/2017 | GOTR Picks

We all need a little extra motivation sometimes! To help girls track how many laps they’ve run and to encourage them to push themselves, Girls on the Run coaches can have girls write check marks on their arms with washable markers or hand out a small item after each lap. Here are just a few of the creative ways we’ve seen coaches help their girls track their progress.

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

By Kenzie Kramer 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 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 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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5 Ways That GOTR Girls Positively Impacted Their Communities This Season

By Kenzie Kramer 12/15/2016 | Giving Back

Each season, Girls on the Run participants across the country identify what communities they are a part of and work together to come up with a project that they can complete to positively impact one of the communities. Whether they’re doing something for their classroom or for military members overseas, completing a team Community Impact Project helps girls recognize that they can make a difference in other people’s lives.

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Meet the ASICS Athletes Positively Impacting Communities

10/26/2016 | Remarkable! People

During each Girls on the Run season, girls learn the importance of building relationships with people who support their goals and ambitions, much like the Girls on the Run national partners like ASICS. Not only does ASICS support the Girls on the Run mission of inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident – but their athletes do too! During Girls on the Run, girls learn about being grateful for all that they have and about the importance of contributing to their communities. Keep reading to learn more about ASICS athletes’ passion for giving back to their communities and see what ASICS and Girls on the Run are up to next!

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

By Francine Labiran 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 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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What Is a Day at The White House Without a GOTR Cape?

By Carrie Johnson 09/27/2016 | Announcements

When we had the chance to attend a summit about Trauma-Informed Approaches in School: Supporting Girls of Color and Rethinking Discipline last week, we said “yes”!

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Uncover a Challenge in This Throwback Playground Game

By Kenzie Kramer 09/27/2016 | Fun & Games

During Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole practices, girls participate in lessons that help them grow and develop new skills that help them outside of the programs. These skills include showing gratitude, ways to manage stress and practicing positive self-talk. At the end of each lesson, girls are encouraged to apply what they learned to situations outside of practice. Think you're up for a Girls on the Run challenge? 

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A Serendipitous Tale

By Jennifer Helfrich 09/12/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

As I am about to start coaching the very first season of Girls on the Run in my community, I cannot help but reflect on the events that have led up to this moment.  The word “serendipity” occurs often when I think about GOTR, and even more often when I talk about it.  

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GOTR Girls Invited to Meet Bestselling Author

09/01/2016 | Announcements

Big or small, everyone has struggled to find their place at some point. In New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Weiner’s new book The Littlest Bigfoot, self-conscious Alice Mayfair is having trouble finding a support system after starting at yet another new school. Alice finds a friend in Millie Maximus, a Bigfoot who is fascinated by humans and is hopeful that they’ll accept her fearless nature and yearning to be a star. 

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Empowering Girls to Take Care of Themselves and Each Other

By Heather Pressley, PhD 08/09/2016 | Heart & Sole

Let’s face it. Very few people view adolescence positively. It’s seen as something to just get through. Teens are depicted as turning away from adults and toward negative peer groups, making rash decisions and acting impulsively. Adolescence is negatively portrayed in the media, especially when it comes to girls. The mean girl persona permeates social media, music and movies. 

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What We Tell Ourselves Matters

By Kira Montuori 08/04/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

What we tell ourselves matters.  In fact, the internal dialogue is probably the most important voice we hear.  Our inner words define our inner relationship and our relationship with ourselves defines every other relationship in our lives. 

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Help Your Girl Keep Learning This Summer

By Kenzie Kramer 07/18/2016 | Heart & Sole

Summer vacation is intended to be a break from classes but that doesn’t mean that your child’s learning has to go on a hiatus. In the Girls on the Run middle school program Heart & Sole, girls learn about the importance of balancing what is called their Girl Wheel - made up of brain, heart, social, body and spirit. To nurture our all-around wellness, it’s important to maintain all parts of our Girl Wheel, even when school is not in session!

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Baked Chicken Nuggets Recipe

By Hilliary Meisner 07/18/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

At Girls on the Run, we learn all sorts of lessons that we can use in our everyday life.  Lessons like how to stand up for ourselves and our beliefs, how to be a leader in our communities and how to make healthy choices to help keep our bodies and minds strong. 

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Soak Up Summer with GOTR Bingo

By Jami Bunton 07/13/2016 | Fun & Games

Summer is in full swing, and although your kids are excited to not be in school, “I’m bored” may be a commonly heard phrase. Even with the endless possibilities of fun activities, sometimes it can be hard to think of something to do–especially with so much more time to fill! 

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How Your Family Can Give Back This Summer

By Kenzie Kramer 07/12/2016 | Giving Back

When you think of summer, it’s likely that ideas of relaxing and taking things easy come to mind. While nurturing your emotional wellness is crucial, the laid back schedule and extra time means that summer can also be a great time to give back. At Girls on the Run, we teach girls the value of contributing to their communities and having a positive impact on others and this summer we’re encouraging you to gather your family and friends to work together on a way to impact your community.

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Stop. Breathe. Think… to Calm the Storm

By Kira Montuori 06/22/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

The mom of a Girls on the Run participant shares how a lesson from the program has become key for helping her daughter navigate stressful situations. 

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Post-Run Smoothie Recipe

By Hilliary Meisner 06/14/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

Treating our bodies well and fueling our healthy pace is a year-round commitment and one I like to take seriously. At Girls on the Run, we learn that there are many choices we have to make in a day. Fueling my body with nutritious food is one decision I try to make on a daily basis.

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GOTR Girls Give Back

By Kenzie Kramer 06/09/2016 | Giving Back

This season, Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole girls completed over 8,100 projects across the country to help people in their community be joyful, healthy and confident! Here are just a few of the remarkable ways that girls contributed.

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Fueling Our Healthy Pace: Zucchini Muffins

By Hilliary Meisner 04/25/2016 | Featured Columns & Series

At Girls on the Run we make the choice to be a Girl on the Run.  We make the choice to be joyful, happy, healthy and confident young women!  Now think about your typical day. How many choices would you say you make in the span of 24 hours?  I am sure I make over 100 choices/decisions in the span of one day.  Choices like what do I want to wear, what do I want to eat, when should I go to bed, etc. Let's take a look at a decision we make at least three times a day, I am talking about the decision to make healthy food choices!  When making choices about how I am going to fuel my body, I like to pick wholesome foods that will help me reach my fullest potential, but I also like to make sure the food I am eating tastes great!

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Women Who Wow Us: Erin Bried

By Kenzie Kramer 04/12/2016 | Remarkable! People

When former magazine editor Erin Bried searched newsstands for a publication that her young daughter could enjoy, she was disappointed in what she discovered. Bried was hoping to see stories that would grow her five-year-old's curiosity but instead she came across articles about growing her hair. Determined to provide girls with media that helps them develop their interests and talents, Bried is using her 16 years of editorial experirence at SELF, Glamour and Women's Sports & Fitness toward starting her own magazine, Kazoo.

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Born to Support: Triplet Sisters' Teamwork Contributes to Program's Success

By Kenzie Kramer 04/08/2016 | Remarkable! People

During the Girls on the Run season, girls learn to encourage and support their teammates through games and goal setting during practice. Girls on the Run of Northwest Indiana’s Executive Director Jill Schlueter-Kim has had an extra support system during her time with the program - her triplet sisters Jane and Jodi. 

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

By Caroline Holbrook 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 Set Goal of Making Recess Fun and Accessible for All Students

By Kenzie Kramer 03/22/2016 | Giving Back

When the Girls on the Run team at Littlebrook Elementary School in Princeton, New Jersey was prompted for their Community Impact Project ideas, some of the girls were inspired by a field trip that they had taken to Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum and chose to raise funds for playground equipment that's adapted for children with handicaps. 

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Making a Difference: Community Impact Projects

By Jen Gardner 11/13/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

At Girls on the Run, girls learn that small acts, as well as big ones, can ignite positive change within a community and that they hold the power to make these changes. 

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Pointers from the Program: The Whole Girl

By Heather Pressley, PhD 07/31/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

It is difficult for teens to see themselves in complex ways. Most often girls will focus on one or two areas, typically their physical appearance, school or peer relationships. However, when they do they run the risk of feeling and living in a one dimensional world, and when that world goes awry (which it will), then they believe their whole life is ruined. Our new middle school program, Heart & Sole introduces girls to the idea that they are multi-dimensional and that they have many parts which make them whole.

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One in a Million Moments

By Celi Merchant 05/18/2015 | Announcements

At Girls on the Run we know that empowered girls can change the world, and our curriculum helps our girls discover that. During the course of each 10 to 12-week program cycle, every Girls on the Run team completes a community impact project. The creativity and compassion the girl’s show through these community impact projects makes each one a shining, one-in-a-million moment for our organization and for the causes these projects support!

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Pointers from the Program: Let’s Rethink Adolescence

By Heather Pressley, PhD 03/30/2015 | Featured Columns & Series

Adolescence gets a bad rap. Too often it seems we treat this as a period to just survive—for kids and parents. But what if we saw this time as a time of cultivation? Growth? A period unto itself where we weren’t just rushing our children through. What if we used the time to actively connect, tend and nurture?

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Powering Up the Next Generation of Girls

08/25/2014 | Announcements

At Girls on the Run, the finish line is just the beginning. Our national partner Athleta has collaborated with Kate T. Parker, the talented photographer behind Strong is the New Pretty, to create a series of images that capture pivotal moments of the Girls on the Run experience.

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