Welcome to Girls on the Run – Maine
We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Girls on the Run is a transformational physical activity based positive youth development program for girls in 3rd-8th grade. We teach life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness.
Our purpose is to provide girls with the tools they need to meet and navigate the challenges of adolescence, to inspire them to set and accomplish goals, and to encourage them to incorporate a physical activity into their daily lives. The 10-week, 20-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire the girls to become independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and make healthy decisions. All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community.
Girls on the Run – Maine is thrilled to have been so quickly welcomed into Southern Maine! The parents of girls in the program have been very pleased with the changes they have seen in their daughters as a result of their participation in Girls on the Run. Here are just a few of the responses from our Spring 2015 season parent survey.
“This program gave her confidence. She now looks at problems with a different view and knows she can take them on.”
“My daughter seems to be able to take a longer view of things as a result of the program. She’s more goal oriented and able to understand that some things take time to achieve.”
“She never said she didn’t want to go. That is amazing for a sports program. My daughter usually finds that her teammates get competitive, unsupportive, and catty but not at Girls on the Run.”
“I feel that she has come further out of her shell. She is proud to be who she is, is able to laugh more at herself and seems more easy going.”
“Having recently moved back to Maine and having to attend a new school, my daughter was having trouble since she is extremely shy. My husband and I, along with our daughter’s teacher, noticed a significant improvement in our daughter’s self-confidence.”
“I noticed that she made many healthy eating choices!”
“She loves running now, really enjoys being outside and exercising.”
“She seemed to have a more positive outlook on situations dealing with other girls.”
“Big confidence builder!!”