Heart & Sole: For 6th-8th Grade Girls

At Girls on the Run, we believe that adolescents bring a lot to the table. We also know that girls at this age often sort through conflicting messages about their worth, their abilities and their value. Our middle school programs help girls develop the skills to tune into their own truths and to unleash their power to live confidently and joyfully.

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What is Heart & Sole?

Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run’s new program for middle school girls! Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond.

The Heart & Sole curriculum is rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection—and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, decision making, asking for and providing help, and more.

This 10-week program is accessible to all girls regardless of athletic ability or fitness level and considers the range of ages and varied experiences of middle schoolers. Physical activity includes strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. The season culminates with the Girls on the Run 5K, which is the celebratory event that underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they’ve been developing in the program and gives them a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement.

Click HERE for a one-page flyer about Heart & Sole!

Heart & Sole (Version 2) Curriculum Overview

    Lesson 1:     You are Here
    Lesson 2:     Team Strengths
    Lesson 3:     My Girl Wheel
    Lesson 4:     Goals
    Lesson 5:     Girl Wheel Goals
    Lesson 6:     Experiencing Emotions
    Lesson 7:     Press Pause
    Lesson 8:     Other People's Wheels
    Lesson 9:     Resolving Conflict
    Lesson 10:   Friendships
    Lesson 11:   Romantic Relationships
    Lesson 12:   Stress
    Lesson 13:   Asking For & Giving Help
    Lesson 14:   Power & Agency
    Lesson 15:   Stretching Ourselves
    Lesson 16:   Practice 5K
    Lesson 17:   Connection
    Lesson 18:   Impact
    Lesson 19:   Here I Am
    Lesson 20:   Reflection

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 (Lesson 21) takes places immediately after the 5K or at your next, and final, lesson the week following the 5K.

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