Adolescence is an important time in a girl’s life. These years are formative and transformative. It is during this time when important habits are learned and qualities are formed that, for better or for worse, may define a girl for the rest of her life. This period can also be a stressful one for many girls since it may be the first time they have felt the pressure to conform, either to a societal view of how a young lady should appear, dress or act, or to a peer view. Molly Barker, the founder of Girls on the Run (GOTR), understood this and created a program that integrates running with a self-empowerment curriculum for young girls.
A nationwide non-profit, the goal of GOTR is to help girls (3rd to 8th grade) develop essential skills to navigate their world and to establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The ten-week program culminates with a service project and with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K run. Since GOTR’s founding in 1996, over 1.5 million girls across the nation have committed to the ten-week running program.
Founded in 2000, Girls on the Run New Jersey East is one of over 200 independent councils located throughout the United States. Since its’ founding, the organization has impacted over 10,000 girls throughout Burlington, Mercer, Essex, Morris and Union counties. GOTR offers the opportunity for all girls to participate, regardless of financial situation, through scholarships. In addition to your vote, to further help you can attend the GOTR Acoustic Night fundraiser planned for July 17th at Rockin Joes Bar in Millburn. All proceeds from the event go directly to providing scholarships, providing volunteer training and purchasing coaching bags, running sneakers and snacks for the girls during practices.
Girls on the Run New Jersey East is one of the finalist in the Sue Adler Team’s 100th Home Sale Program. To place you vote click here.
To learn more about Girls on the Run New Jersey East, visit their website at https://www.girlsontherunnj.org