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Girls on the Run

Founded in 1996, Girls on the Run is a national nonprofit organization that has served over 2 million girls and counting. Meeting in small teams or connecting virtually, trained volunteer coaches inspire girls to build confidence and develop essential social, emotional and physical skills to successfully navigate life experiences through dynamic, interactive lessons and physical activity. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

Girls on the Run is included as a top research-based program in a Social-Emotional Learning Guide developed by researchers at Harvard University and has been recognized by the National Afterschool Association (NAA) as one of the most influential after-school programs.

2021 Achievements

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  • Served 95,000 girls despite continued challenges at traditional school spaces. GOTR is on track to serve 150,000+ in 2022.
  • Developed and launched several successful new council support resources, including strategic Build Back planning tools and marketing collateral.
  • Engaged an external agency to review curricula and coach training resources to enhance equity and social justice within the program.
  • Began updates and modifications to strengthen the National Coach Training (NCT) program.
  • Launched the Council Leadership Initiative to support local recruitment and hiring needs across the council network. HQ and Councils are committed to ensuring 50% of new hires through Council Leadership Initiative are BIPOC.
  • Received recognition as a leader in the field through inclusion in two well-respected peer reviewed journals:
  • Utilized the Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Access (IDEA) commission to develop the 2021- 2023 IDEA strategy for the organization, including the following commitments:
    • Develop and execute strategies to actively include diverse perspectives and share power in decision making processes at all levels of the organization
    • Effectively communicate how the organization invites, represents, and understands diverse participant and stakeholder experiences through a continuous improvement framework.
    • Review resource allocation and invest in strategies that increase full and engaged participation in all areas of the organization (programming, volunteerism, employment).
    • Cultivate relationships with local and national organizations that represent and amplify diverse communities.

How to Support GOTR

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Find a Council Near You

With a council network serving over 70% of the United States, there’s likely a council near you! Discover ways to support your local Girls on the Run, from being a coach, signing up for the 5K or even volunteering at a local event. Inspire and empower girls by volunteering as a coach. Connect with your local council to get involved today!

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Donate to GOTR

Stand up, speak out, give back. By making a gift to Girls on the Run today, you will ignite a spark in her to recognize that her actions and words are powerful. Give today!

Donors can choose whether to support the national need or direct funds to their local program.

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Know a Girl who can Benefit?

Girls on the Run encourages girls of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths and celebrate connections with others. Our tested curriculum blends physical activity with skill development that enables girls to adapt to whatever comes their way. In today’s unpredictable world, the strategies learned at Girls on Run are more important than ever.


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