Girls on the Run: For 3rd-5th Grade Girls

At Girls on the Run, we teach girls life skills while training for a 5K run/walk.

Get involved by visiting our Become a Coach page, Starting a Program page or Continuing a Program page.

What is Girls on the Run?

Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.

The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age. They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships.  And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.

Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of each 10-week season, the girls participate in the Girls on the Run 5K. This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum. Completing the 5K gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.

Why This Age?

GOTR is best-suited for prevention purposes for girls between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. This is a time when children are still receptive to what adults have to say, yet they are beginning to feel the pull of peer pressure. Studies show that around the time of fifth grade, some girls go to a place that we call “The Girl Box.” The Girl Box is a place where girls feel as if they are valued more for their appearance, who their friends are and what kind of clothes they wear – as opposed to the strength of their character. It is the perfect time to address important personal and relationship issues to a girl – like learning how to manage her emotions, the dangers of gossiping, how and when to speak up for herself and more. It is a great time to develop skills to handle these issues to help each girl STAY OUT OF THE BOX.

Girls on the Run (Version 3) Curriculum Overview

Identity: Self-Care, Self-Awareness, Knowing Self

    Lesson 1:    Building Our Girls on the Run Team
    Lesson 2:    I am Girls on the Run
    Lesson 3:    Star Power
    Lesson 4:    Self-Talk Matters
    Lesson 5:    Untangling Our Emotions
    Lesson 6:    Healthy Habits for Life
    Lesson 7:    Attitude of Gratitude
    Lesson 9:    Real Beauty

Connectedness: Selecting Healthy Relationships and Keeping Them Healthy

    Lesson 10:    Let’s Cooperate
    Lesson 11:    I Choose to Stop and take a BrThRR
    Lesson 12:    Let’s Plan
    Lesson 13:    It Takes Courage
    Lesson 14:    Putting an End to Gossip
    Lesson 15:    Being a Stand-Byer
    Lesson 16:   “Best” Friends
    Lesson 17:    Practicing our 5K!

Empowerment: Celebrating and Sharing Our Strengths

    Lesson 18:    Power Up
    Lesson 20:    Designing Our Community Impact Project
    Lesson 21:    Using our Star Power
    Lesson 23:    Our GOTR Toolbox

Girls on the Run 5K: All teams will participate in the annual Girls on the Run 5K at Vasona Park in Los Gatos the Saturday after Mother's Day.

The Final Celebration takes places immediately after the 5K or at your next, and final, lesson the week following the 5K.


Educating and Preparing Girls for a Lifetime of Self Respect
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