Girls on the Run is a 501(c)3 physical activity-based positive youth development program dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Girls learn their worth comes from within, that healthy relationships matter and that they can be a force for good in their community through a fun, experience based curriculum that creatively integrates running.
Meeting twice a week in small teams, Girls on the Run teaches girls life skills through engaging lessons and fun movement activities. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and helps each girl understand and celebrate herself and realize her power to change the world. During the program, each team creates and executes a local community service project to demonstrate the unimaginable strength that comes from helping others. Finally, at each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a celebratory 5k running event that gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement and a framework for setting and achieving life goals.
Since 2004, Girls on the Run serving Maricopa & Pinal Counties has served more than 14,000 girls and their families at sites all across the Valley. And just this year, more than 350 GOTRMPC coaches mentored a diverse group of more than 1,500 local girls in 3rd – 8th grade, empowering them with the confidence and character they need to become strong, healthy women who positively contribute to their communities.
Girls face social pressures and conflicting messages about how they should act and who they should be. Studies show that by adolescence, girls' confidence drops about twice as much as boys'. Friendships become more complicated and challenging, girls' perception of their academic ability declines, the likelihood of anxiety and depression increases and participation in physical activity plummets.
It doesn't have to be this way.
We believe that EVERY GIRL is inherently FULL OF POWER and POTENTIAL. By knowing they are the leaders of their lives, these are the girls who WILL CHANGE THE WORLD.