Jul 24, 2019
Jessica Green, No. Program Coord, Girls on the Run
Update on Girls on the Run - Program Funded by Youth Committee

The Youth Committee has provided support to Girls on the Run.  Jessica Green will join us to give Essex Rotary an update on the program and its impact in Essex. 

Below are excerpts from the Girls on the Run Website. 

Girls on the Run Vermont is an independent council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across 50 states and the District of Columbia. When Girls on the Run Vermont was started in 1999 by Nancy Heydinger, it was with only 15 girls in Windham County. Now, we serve an annual 2,700 participants at more than 170 sites throughout the state of Vermont.

At Girls on the Run we inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained coaches lead small teams throughvour research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.

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.