This week’s suggestion of how ordinary people can change the world, I am highlighting a nonprofit that does just that. Girls on the Run is an organization that operates fun, active, and confidence-building program for girls in grades 3-8. Regardless of their fitness level, participants in this program learn that they CAN accomplish goals. The program seems to really build self confidence and self efficacy in girls and adolescents at a time when young girls are being told, and telling themselves, all kinds of lies about their worth.They may sound like many programs that taut that, but they really do seem to stand alone. For one, they have extensive evidence that back up their claims. They also empower girls to be active! From the time they are young, girls are socialized to play indoors while their male counterparts are playing tag. The emphasis on activity of this program starts girls off with a healthy habit and gives them the tools to maintain this habit for life. I love the way that they describe the heart of their program
WE BELIEVE THAT EVERY GIRL
CAN EMBRACE WHO SHE IS,
CAN DEFINE WHO SHE WANTS TO BE,
CAN RISE TO ANY CHALLENGE,
CAN CHANGE THE WORLD.
SO, if you’re like me and want to be a part of something that communicates this message to the future women of our nation, here’s how:
- Find your local council and volunteer!
Girls on the Run is an international program with MANY local affiliates. Start off by finding one close to you! If your schedule allows, volunteer to coach with them! Again, it is a MYTH that you have to be a certain type of person to be active. YOU are the qualified coach they need.Or, volunteer to bring snacks, or time their 5k, or participate in their 5k. I promise that your specific council would have a million ways to get involved (I know mine does)
Like any nonprofit, they need money. If you have a heart for their mission, but cannot currently participate, consider donating to help them reach even more future leaders.