Social Engagement: High
What’s What: If empowering Jersey girls to run the world appeals to you, connect with Girls on the Run of Central NJ and get out there and work with girls in Middlesex, Somerset, Monmouth, Ocean and Camden counties. Girls on the Run’s framework teaches social and emotional wellness, perseverance and goal-setting through and around physical activity. You can volunteer as a coach in a ten-week program or help out on race-days. Or both!
Amava Take: Girls face well-documented social pressures and conflicting messages about how they should act and who they should be. Their 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. That’s why Girls on the Run of Central NJ exists. Girls on the Run of Central NJ is an affiliate council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across the 50 states and the District of Columbia. The program features a top-flight coaching program and proven curriculum to help them build connections, confidence, community and more. And, yes, they run too. Races are special events. As the girls learn, the finish line is just the BEGINNING!
From the Front Lines:
What’s is Girls on the Run all about?
Girls on the Run inspires girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind.
What kinds of activities do Coaches and Girls do together?
Trained coaches lead small teams through research-based curricula which includes dynamic discussions, activities and running games.
What is the goal of the program?
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.
Does the program really work?
Girls on the Run is the only national physical activity-based positive youth development program for girls with compelling evidence of program impact. In 2016 an independent study found that Girls on the Run is effective in promoting season-long and lasting change in competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, physical activity and life skills.
From the Trenches:
What kinds of people usually sign up to coach?
Coaches are usually enthusiastic, dedicated and positive volunteers who are committed to empowering girls with valuable life lessons. They can be parents, teachers, school administrators, retirees, college students and other community members who are committed to developing and celebrating girls.
Do I have to be a runner to coach?
Nope! You don’t have to be a runner or even have coaching experience. They’ll train you! You just need to be a dynamic role model who cares about empowering girls to become healthy and confident young women.
Are there other ways to help besides coaching?
Yep! There are race-day opportunities too. And high school students can be junior coaches as well.
Special Requirements: None other than being over 18 (except for High School volunteers) and wanting to be part of the Girls on The Run of Central NJ family.