THANK YOU for your interest in volunteering to make a difference in the lives of girls through the Girls on the Run program. Your involvement will become one of the most rewarding jobs you may ever have as you help girls discover their inner beauty and learn to be comfortable simply being themselves. And, you will find gifts the girls will give to you as you experience your own personal growth and discover this program is for you too!
Girls on the Run is a life skills program for girls in grades 3rd-8th. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy & confident using a fun experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Our curriculum incorporates interactive, uplifting games developed to teach specific life lessons with training for a run/walk 5K (3.1 mile) event held at the end of each program. Our team of volunteers represents a dynamic group of men and women, all of whom possess a great enthusiasm for helping to prepare girls for a healthy and happy adolescence and adulthood.
Our programs run each Fall and Spring for ten weeks at Hemingway, Hailey, Woodside, and Bellevue Elementary Schools, Community School, as well as at Wood River Middle School. We meet twice a week after school for 1 hour, 15 minutes. We also host a 5k event as well as a community service project as part of each 10-week session.
Head Coach vs. Assistant Coach
The Head Coach role is a great place for returning coaches to serve, or new coaches that feel confident to jump in leading a group of youth in a positive and enthusiastic manner. Head Coaches would be responsible to lead the lessons the majority of the time so that the girls in the program can get used to one coaching style and know better what to expect. Assistant Coaches have many roles where they assist and will lead lessons as necessary. If a site consists of all new coaches, and no one new coach feels ready to be Head Coach, we often conduct these sites as a team effort where coaches can rotate the responsibility of leading the lessons. We typically have 2-3 coaches per site.
General Volunteer Requirements
- Commitment to the mission and organization of Girls on the Run and posses at heart and model our core values including:
- Recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making
- Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness
- Express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions
- Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health
- Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent
- Stand up for ourselves and others
- Complete an application process including a background check
- Be a positive role model with a reliable, honest and positive outlook on life
- Responsibly commit to the full season program and communicating with fellow coaches when conflicts prevent your participation.
- Using the prepared curriculum and working amongst your team of site coaches, prepare and organize weekly lessons to mentor your group of girls through focused, interactive discussions and lead them through running games and activities.
- Attend a mandatory, one-day certification training and regularly scheduled coaches meetings
- Current CPR certification
- Help with planning and coordination of our Girls on the Run community 5K event and service project
- Serve as number-one encourager, cheerleader, and “high-fiver” at each session
- Watch for and help girls who need special attention and extra encouragement
- Run or walk with the girls each day and help them put their best effort into their workout
- Coach the girls on proper stretching, running form, hydration and nutrition
- Mediate disputes among your group in a prompt, respectful manner
Have fun with the girls and be your own silly and spirited self!