Girls On the Run Coming to Riverside County

Each 10-week program is led by trained volunteer coaches, culminating with a celebratory 5K event and community service project. 

November 7, 2019
Girls On the Run

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As bullying becomes an increasing concern in our society, and as parents look for ways to further develop their children's character and confidence, the "Girls on the Run" program has announced it will launch its first session in Riverside County in early 2020.

This non-profit organization describes itself as a "physical activity-based youth development program, designed to enhance girls' social, emotional, and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences," focusing on girls in 3rd - 8th grades. Their mission is "to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running."

Each 10-week program is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor the girls, culminating with a celebratory 5K event and community service project. 

Volunteers for the program do not need to be elite runners, and the focus of the program is not training girls to compete at an elite running level, so much as it is to develop and improve girls' competence, confidence, and character, and to create positive connections with peers and adults and make meaningful contributions to our community and society, using fun and engaging lessons. 

"Girls on the Run" was founded in Charlotte, North Carolina, in 1996, and has since served over 1.8 million girls. Over 200 councils in all 50 states and the District of Columbia serve approximately a combined 200,000 girls each year. 

More information about the Riverside County council of "Girls On the Run" can be found here.