Girls on the Run is a life-changing, non-profit prevention program for girls in the 3rd through 8th grade. Our mission is to "educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.
The 24-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with a healthy living education. Our programs instill self-esteem through health education, life skills development, mentoring relationships, and physical training - all of which are accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.
Girls on the Run of Muskegon County is an Affiliate/Independent Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of 170+ locations across the United States and Canada. Every Woman's Place/Webster House Youth Services continues to serve as the Council for Girls on the Run for Muskegon County with Melissa Reid as Council Director.
With the help of GOTR, we hope to reduce the potential for at-risk activities among preteen girls, including: adolescent pregnancies, eating disorders, depression, suicide attempts, substance or alcohol abuse and interaction with the juvenile justice system. This is an excellent prevention program and we are honored to be selected.
How can you help? You can volunteer to coach 1 ½ hours after school, once a week for ten weeks --and you don't have to be a runner. Coaches will receive five hours of training and will be provided with comprehensive, well-researched curriculum and materials that are being used in communities across the country. They also receive discounts on New Balance running apparel. Each site needs a minimum of two coaches, so bring a friend or make a new one. Please note that head coaches must be at least 21 years old and female. If you are male or less than 21, you can still qualify as an assistant coach.
If you or someone you know may be interested, please call Becky at
(231) 759-7909 ext. 267 or email her at email@example.com.