Girls on the Run is the name of our organization, but we have two programs:
Girls on the Run -- for 3rd-5th graders, delivered March through May
Girls on Track -- for 6th-8th graders, delivered October through December
The Girls on the Run curriculum has been in use since the fall of 1996. Since that time thousands of girls have been through the program-but what we soon discovered is, they were having so much fun and getting so connected, they wanted something that would carry them through middle school. We originally wanted to call it Girls on the Run for Middle Schoolers. The girls who were participating told us they wanted something they could call their own. Hence the birth of Girls on Track.
The principal philosophies and psychological research for both programs are the same yet the depth of processing the topics varies with the two different curricula. We can go into more targeted and age-appropriate discussion regarding certain topics (eating disorders, tobacco and alcohol use, personal/internet safety and harassment to name a few) with the middle school participants, whereas with the younger girls the discussion remains a bit more vague or may not occur at all.
Our current Girls on Track curriculum was revised in 2009 and is now in use across the country! Specifically geared toward middle school girls, it provides the tools to take on the many challenges of this time of life. As with all Girls on the Run programming, what rests at our center is the belief that our girls have the wisdom to make decisions that will intentionally lead them toward a path of wholeness, fulfillment and seeking their greatest potential. What often interferes are the conflicting messages that they receive about what it means to be a girl in our society. The Girls on Track curriculum provides a girl with the skills to shut out the noise of an external world that is attempting to limit who she is and to instead listen to her individual truth - the one that will lead her toward an enriching and contented life.
fall 2012 program
The following schools are hosting our Fall 2012 program which will begin the week of October 1st.
The season ends with the Hot Chocolate 5k benefiting Girls on Track on Saturday, December 15th. Girls will meet 2 times each week during the season (October 1 – December 15) with their coaches. Registration is open now until June 8 and again in the fall from September 4-14.
Contact Leslie for more information at email@example.com.
Each participating Girls on Track site identifies a site liaison to serve as a link between Girls on the Run and the program site. Liaisons help us by giving registration forms to girls at their site, reserving practice space, transporting supplies to their site, helping identify coaches and more.
See more details here.
girls on track session overview
Self-Care, Self-Awareness, Knowing Self
Lesson One: Getting to Know Each Other
Lesson Two: Understanding the Girl Box
Lesson Three: Learning to Deal: Minimizing Daily Stress
Lesson Four: It’s All About Balance
Lesson Five: Nutrition and Healthy Eating
Lesson Six: Empowered Bodies
Lesson Seven: Emotional Health: All Filled Up!
Lesson Eight: Centering: the Importance of Slowing Down
Lesson Nine: Gratitude: Celebrating our Bodies our Minds and our Spirits
Selecting Healthy Relationships and Keeping Them Healthy
Lesson Ten: Conflict Resolution and Standing up For Myself
Lesson Eleven: Collaborative Leadership
Lesson Twelve: Peer Pressure/Alcohol, Tobacco and other Drugs
Lesson Thirteen: Gossiping and Bullying: Power vs. power
Lesson Fourteen: Cruising and Using the Internet
Lesson Fifteen: Romantic Relationships/Dating
Lesson Sixteen: Running a 5k!
Empowerment: Celebrating and SHARING Our Strengths
Lesson Seventeen: Tuning into a New Message (Combating the temptation to go into the Girl Box)
Lesson Eighteen: Community Service Project
Lesson Nineteen: Community Service Project
Lesson Twenty: Passing the Baton: How we serve as empowered role models to other girls
Outside of regularly scheduled program time The Final Celebration!