The National AfterSchool Association Selects Girls on the Run as Most Influential Health & Wellness Program
Girls on the Run as been named one of the most influential afterschool programs by the National Afterschool Association (NAA). The honor represents individuals and organizations whose service, action and leadership align with and support NAA Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards and affect large numbers of youth, families or afterschool professionals.
Girls on the Run was recognized because of the way our intentional curriculum effectively integrates life skills learning with physical activity to provide girls with the skills and confidence to navigate their lives with purpose and joy. With a focus on quality program delivery, our formal volunteer training ensures that coaches are fostering positive, supportive relationships in a caring, inclusive climate. Both our season-end and longitudinal evaluations show that participants become more active and learn important life skills such as intentional decision-making, managing emotions and helping others.
One parent recently shared this transformational story:
“My daughter, when in second and third grade, was bullied on the bus. Before she entered Girls on the Run she did not have friends. She did not have motivation. She saw a doctor for depression. When she had the opportunity to enter this program all changed in her life and our family. She is 10 years old and for her, Girls on the Run is the best moment in her life and mine, too, because I saw my daughter is happy.”
Your support as our volunteers, participants, donors, and sponsors has helped advance our movement throughout the Triangle. We are proud of what this award says about our mission, and now more than ever, we are committed to our vision of a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. Thank you for helping us get her there.