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Van Buren/Cass Girls on the Run

 

 

 

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Girls on the Run

Who We Are

Welcome to Girls on the Run! – 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.

Girls on the Run is an Affiliate Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada.

The 24-lesson Girls on the Run curriculum combines training for a 5K (3.1 miles) running event with lessons that inspire 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 is an Independent  Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of 200+ locations across the United States and Canada.

Girls on the Run® is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to creating a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-15 girls, we teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.

Running is used to inspire and motivate girls, encourage lifelong health and fitness, and build confidence through accomplishment. At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies, complete a 5k running event. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can.

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Our Mission

Mission

We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

Vision

We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Our Core Values

Girls on the Run honors its core values. We strive to:

  • Recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making
  • Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness
  • Express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions
  • Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health
  • Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent
  • Stand up for ourselves and others

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Our History

How Girls on the Run Began

Girls on the Run® was established in 1996 in Charlotte, North Carolina. The Girls on the Run® curricula, the heart of the program, provides pre-adolescent girls with the necessary tools to embrace their individual strengths and successfully navigate life experiences. The earliest version of the 24­ lesson curriculum was piloted in 1996 with the help of thirteen brave girls. Twenty-six girls came the next season, then seventy-five. In 2000, Girls on the Run International, a 501c3 organization was born.

With the help of over 55,000 volunteers, the Girls on the Run program is now serving over 130,000 girls in 200+ cities across North America each year. In 2012, Girls on the Run hosted 253 end-of-season 5k events across the United States and Canada. Girls on the Run has been featured in many media outlets including People, Runner’s World, Redbook, Women’s Day, O Magazine, Fitness Magazine, Self Magazine, Glamour, Shape, Marie Claire, Parenting, Running Times, CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, NBC News, NPR and ESPN.

The true success of the program, however, is not told in the numbers, but rather in the words of the girls who participate. “Girls on the Run made me realize that I am the boss of my brain.” “I know that whatever I set my mind to do, I can do.” “At Girls on the Run I learned how to be comfortable in my own skin!”

That is success.

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EMPOWERMENT, RESPONSIBILITY, INTENTIONALY,

DIVERSITY, CONNECTEDNESS, JOY, OPTIMISM, GRATITUDE, NURTURING, HEALTHY, OPEN-HEARTED, COMPASSION

  

Pictures from the 2014 VBCGOTR Season

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What We Do

12 weeks. 24 lessons. 700,000 girls and counting

So what does Girls on the Run Do?

One girl put it this way, "I learned that I am the boss of my brain." Girls on the Run inspires girls to take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. It’s a place where girls learn that they can. No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable.

How do we do it?

Lots of ways, but we start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what's important to them. Then we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, we explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world.

And remember, we believe that life-changing experiences can be fun too—for everyone—the girls, coaches, families and other volunteers. So don't be surprised when you hear laughter along with self-reflection and see beaming smiles across the beautiful, confident faces of our girls.

Me + Relationships + Community

Meeting twice a week in small teams of 8-20 girls, we teach life skills through fun, engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement. The 24-lesson curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run® coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large. Over the course of the program, girls will develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care and compassion, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. 

Power through Service

Acknowledging that accomplishment has many flavors, each team creates and executes a local community service project. This experience demonstrates to girls the unimaginable strength that comes from helping others.

Up and Running

At each season's conclusion, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event. In some cities this is a large, community wide event and in others, it's an inspiring gathering of friends and family. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The results are the same—making the seemingly impossible, possible.

Simple, engaging and extraordinary. The result? Healthy, confident girls who can.

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3rd - 5th Grade Program

Over a period of 12 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.

The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development.  Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age.  They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them.  Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships.  And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.

Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health.  At the end of each three month session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5k event.  This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum.  Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.  Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.

2014 Van Buren County Girls on the Run Sites

The following are the 2014 season location, days and times the program is available.

*Please note - location, days and times are subject to change each season.

Location

Site

Days

Time

Covert

Covert Elementary

Tuesday & Thursday

3:30 pm to 5:30 pm

Decatur

Davis Elementary

Monday & Wednesday

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

Gobles

Gobles Elementary

Tuesday & Thursday 

3:30 pm to 5:00 pm

Hartford

Woodside Elementary

Monday & Wednesday

3:00 pm to 4:30pm

 

Red Arrow Elementary

Monday & Wednesday

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

Lawrence

Lawrence Elementary

Wednesday & Thursday

3:15 pm to 5:00 pm

Lawton

Lawton Elementary

Monday & Wednesday

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

 

Lawton Elementary

Tuesday & Thursday 

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

Paw Paw

Paw Paw Later Elementary

Monday & Wednesday

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

 

Paw Paw Later Elementary

Tuesday & Thursday 

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

 

Trinity Lutheran School

Tuesday & Thursday 

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

South Haven

North Shore Elementary

Monday & Wednesday

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

 

North Shore Elementary

Tuesday & Thursday 

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

 

Lincoln Elementary

Monday & Wednesday

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

 

Lincoln Elementary

Tuesday & Thursday 

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

 

Maple Grove Elementary

Monday & Wednesday

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

 

Maple Grove Elementary

Tuesday & Thursday 

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

 

2014 Cass County Girls on the Run Sites

The following are the 2014 season location, days and times the program is available.

*Please note - location, days and times are subject to change each season.

Location

Site

Days

Time

Cassopolis

Sam Adams Elementary

Monday & Wednesday

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

Dowagiac

Justus Gage Elementary

Tuesday & Thursday 

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Edwardsburg

Intermediate Elementary

Tuesday & Thursday 

4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

Marcellus

Marcellus Elementary

Monday & Thursday

3:10 pm to 4:40 pm

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6th - 8th Grade Program

Today's middle-school girls face many challenges and obstacles that can affect their emotional and physical well-being. The Girls on Track curriculum is designed to address these challenges by empowering them to make thoughtful and healthy decisions. Like Girls on the Run, the Girls on Track curriculum is delivered over the course of 10 to 12 weeks and addresses the societal, mental and emotional challenges particular to their age.

Like the Girls on the Run curricula, we begin by encouraging the girls to examine and better understand who they are and what's important to them. Once they have a deeper awareness of their individual values, we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. Lastly, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.

The curriculum allows for more mature processing around certain topics including eating disorders, internet safety, relationships, cyber-bullying and tobacco and alcohol use. The girls discuss these subjects on an in-depth level and use their personal experiences to shape thought-provoking discussion. The Girls on Track curriculum provides girls with the skills to shut out the noise of the external world that is attempting to limit who she is and to instead listen to her individual truth – the one that will lead her toward an enriching and contented life.

Running is also incorporated into the curriculum. We use physical activity to inspire and motivate girls throughout the program, to encourage lifelong health and fitness, and most importantly, to build confidence through accomplishment. At the end of each season, the girls and their running buddies complete a 5k running event which gives the girls a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. This culminating celebratory 5k event is a transformative moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.

2014 Van Buren County Girls on Track Sites

The following are the 2014 season location, days and times the program is available.

*Please note - location, days and times are subject to change each season.

Location

Site

Days

Time

Decatur

Decatur Middle School

Monday & Wednesday

3:15 pm to 4:45 pm

Hartford

Hartford Middle School

Monday & Wednesday

2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

Lawton

Lawton Middle School

Tuesday & Thursday 

3:00 pm to 4:45 pm

Paw Paw

Paw Paw Middle School

Monday & Wednesday

2:40 pm to 4:10 pm

2014 Cass County Girls on Track Sites

The following are the 2014 season location, days and times the program is available.

*Please note - location, days and times are subject to change each season.

Location

Site

Days

Time

Dowagiac

Dowagiac Middle School

Monday & Wednesday

2:45 pm to 4:15 pm

 

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2014 Girls on the Run Program Dates

Registration

GOTR registration will open December 2, 2013 and close January 15, 2014. The program will begin on Monday March 3, 2014.

2014 Girls on the Run & Girls on Track 5k Event

GOTR will host this year’s 5K Event Celebration on Saturday, May 17, 2014 at 9:00am at Lawton High School Stadium.  GOTR participants, coach/team assistants are automatically registered for the event.  We welcome parents and other community members to participate with us.

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SoleMates

Charity running has become an integral part of most endurance events across the country. Training for any endurance event is often challenging and being a SoleMate is a great way to keep it fun, stay motivated and maintain your commitment.

The Girls on the Run SoleMates program provides adults an opportunity to raise

money for Girls on the Run while training for the athletic event of their choice.

SoleMates set personal goals such as running in a marathon or 10k event to raise money for Girls on the Run in their community. Each year, our SoleMates raise critically needed funds that ensure our councils are able to serve more girls in their communities.

Click here to find out more about SoleMates

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Our People

Van/Buren Cass Girls on the Run Council Director

Julie Bos, MA, CPS, ICPS

57418 CR 681Hartford MI  49057

269-621-3143 ext 371

jebos@vbcassdhd.org

Van Buren/Cass Girls on the Run Program Coordinator

Molly Hamre, CPS, ICPS

57418 CR 681

Hartford, MI 49057

269-621-3143 ext. 314

mollyh@vbcassdhd.org

Van Buren/Cass Girls on the Run Advisory Board

Julie Allen Sam Adams Elementary
Sherry  Meyer Covert Elementary
Brenda Kniebes Davis Elementary
Sally  Raasch Decatur Middle School
Sarah Maggert Justice Gage Elementary
Carrie Muessig Dowagiac Middle School
Stephanie Bowman Member
Linda Huston Bronson Hospital 
Donna  Hillman Red Arrow Elementary
Barb Smith Lawrence Elementary
Jamie Horak Lawton Elementary
Melissa Stull Lawton Elementary
Tammy  Curtis Marcellus Elementary
Molly  Hamre-Cultra Van Buren/Cass District Health Dept.
Theresa Hampton Member 
Don Hanson  Van Buren County Board of Health

 

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Girls on the Run FAQs

What does girls on the Run do?

One girl put it this way, "I learned that I am the boss of my brain." Helping girls take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. You can also think of it as Can University—a place where girls learn that they can. No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable.

How do we play a role in our girls' lives?

Lots of ways, but we start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what's important to them. Then we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, we explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world. And remember, we believe that life-changing experiences can be fun too—for everyone—the girls, coaches, families and other volunteers. So don't be surprised when you hear laughter along with self-reflection and see beaming smiles across the beautiful, confident faces of our girls.

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Give to VBCGOTR

Van Buren/Cass Girls on the Run is an affiliate of

Girls on the Run International

Visit their Website for more info on the national program
http://www.girlsontherun.org

National Sponsors

Girls on the Run International is proud to partner with Athleta, Secret and Lego Friends we work to deliver our life-changing program to more than 120,000 girls each year.  These companies are vital to advancing our mission and provide financial, in-kind and volunteer support while leveraging their brand's assets to raise awareness about the program across North America.

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Local Sponsors

Girls on the Run International and GOTR councils collaborate with a variety of companies and non-profit organizations. This long list includes both for-profit corporations, and non-profits such as community hospitals, recreation centers, public and private schools, YWCA's, YMCA's, Boys & Girls Clubs, health departments, law enforcement organizations, running & fitness clubs and universities.

2014 Sponsor Brochure Link

Evaluations

Academic Evaluations

Girls on the Run International has evaluated program efficacy since 2002 when Rita Debate, Ph.D., MPH, CHES, developed a formal evaluation tool entitled “Girls on the Run: An Assessment of Self-Esteem, Body Image and Eating Attitudes.” Several preliminary descriptive and quasi-experimental studies have been conducted since that time - specific information and findings are included below.

2011 Academic Evaluation
2007 Academic Evaluation
2006 Academic Evaluation
2005 Academic Evaluation
2002 Academic Evaluation

Phase I: Pilot Study

A pilot assessment of Girls on the Run was implemented in 2002 using a one group pre-post-test design.[1]Girls on the Run program participants from 28 program sites (n=322) in 5 geographic areas representing a range of metropolitan areas and SES were assessed. A self-report survey including the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale[2], the child/adolescent version of the Silhouette Ratings Scale[3], and an adapted version of the Children’s Eating Attitudes Test (ChEAT)[4] was used to assess self-esteem, body size satisfaction, and eating attitudes and behaviors.  Pre- to post-test improvements were significant (p<.05) for self-esteem, eating attitudes and behaviors, and body size satisfaction.

Phase II: Preliminary Study.

Building upon the pilot study, a more expansive study was implemented in2005 using a convenience sample of 20 councils representing four geographic areas using a non-experimental, single-group pre-post- intervention design of Girls on the Run and Girls on Track (n=1034).[5, 6] Participants completed a self-report survey including the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale[2] to assess global self-esteem, the child/adolescent version of the Schematic Figural Scale[3] to assess body image, one question from the 2005 Youth Risk Behavior Survey[7] to assess vigorous physical activity frequency, and an adapted version of the Commitment to Physical Activity Scale (CPAS).[8] Statistically significant pre-post improvements (p>.01) occurred for self-esteem, body size satisfaction, and vigorous physical activity frequency within the last week.[9] An increase in overall commitment to PA also occurred as well as a decrease in negative attitudes towards PA. Both before and after the intervention, vigorous PA frequency was significantly correlated to PA commitment (p<0.01).[8]

When stratified by number of times participating in the program, first time participants saw significant (p<.01) gains in self-esteem, body size satisfaction, commitment to physical activity, and PA frequency. Similarly, second time participants had significant increases in self-esteem, body size satisfaction, and PA frequency. Girls who participated in the program three or more times did not show any significant changes from pre- to post-intervention.[9] When stratified by age (≤10 years old; >11 years) both groups had statistically significant pre- to post-intervention differences (p<.01) in self-esteem, body size satisfaction, and PA frequency. Older girls also had increased commitment to PA.[9] Results indicated two key findings. First, participation in the Girls on the Run and Girls on Track programs observed increases in commitment to be physically active; this is particularly important because commitment is an important determinant of long-term physical activity maintenance.[10-12]Second, findings indicated age-related differences in physical activity commitment scores. More specifically, pre-intervention commitment scores were lower among older girls compared to those ≤10 years of age. However, physical activity commitment scores significantly increased from pre- to post- intervention in 11-15 year old girls. These results are valuable as physical activity declines in girls occur as early as late elementary school. Results from this study were presented at the annual meetings for the American Public Health Association, Eating Disorders Research Society, Society for Behavioral Medicine, and the American Academy of Health Behavior.

Phase III:

Quasi-experimental study. A longitudinal quasi-experimental study was implemented in 2009 to evaluate Girls on the Run intervention effects among 877 participants categorized into one of three groups (never, newly, and previously exposed to the intervention). A 64-item self-report survey measured participant psychological and physical assets at three time-points. Nested random effects ANOVA models were used to compare demographic factors and psychological and physical assets between exposure groups and to compare longitudinal differences in these developmental assets. After adjustment for multiple comparisons, previous program participants had significantly higher physical activity commitment (p<.01) and physical activity levels (p<.05) at pre-intervention than never exposed. From pre- to post-intervention body image improved in never and newly exposed participants, which persisted through follow-up in the comparison group. Physical activity increased from pre-intervention to follow-up among never and newly exposed participants (all p<.05).

Phase IV:

Longitudinal study. Drs. Maureen Weiss and Rita DeBate are in the process of developing a rigorous and longitudinal study design to determine the effectiveness of Girls on the Run having a significant positive effect on positive youth development outcomes, including physical (activity frequency, intensity, duration), psychological (e.g., body image, self-esteem, intrinsic motivation), and social assets (e.g., positive adult and peer relationships, resistance to peer pressure to engage in risky behaviors) and health promoting behaviors and outcomes.

DeBate, R.D. and S.H. Thompson, Girls on the Run: Improvements in self-esteem, body size satisfaction and eating attitudes/behaviors. Eating and Weight Disorders, 2005. 10: p. 25-32.

Wylie, R., Rosenberg self-esteem scale (RSE). Measures of self-concept.1989, University of Nebraska Press: Lincoln. p. 24-35.

Collins, M., Body figure perceptions and preferences among preadolescent children. International Journal of Eating Disorders, 1991. 10: p. 199-208.

Maloney, M., J. McGuire, and S. Daniels, Reliability testing of a children's version  of the Eating Attitudes Test. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 1988. 27: p. 541-543.

DeBate, R.D., Y. Zhang, and S.H. Thompson, Changes in commitment to PA among 8-to11-year-old girls participating in a curriculum-based running program. American Journal of Health Education, 2007.38(5): p. 277-284.

DeBate, R.D., et al., Changes in psychosocial factors and physical activity frequency among 3rd to 8th grade girls who participated in a developmentally focused youth sport program: A preliminary study.Journal of School Health, 2009. 79(10): p. 474-484.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System 2007.  2007  [cited 2009; Available from: http://www.cdc.gov/HealthyYouth/yrbs/index.htm.

DeBate, R.D., J. Huberty, and K. Pettee, Pyschometric properties of the commitment to physical activity scale. American Journal of Health Behavior, 2009. 33(4): p. 425-434.

DeBate, R.D., et al., Changes in psychosocial factors and physical activity frequency among 3rd to 8th grade girls who participated in a developmentally focused youth sport program: A preliminary study.Journal of School Health, 2009: p. Submitted, 7/31/08.

Burke, P. and D. Reitzes, An identify theory approach to commitment.Soc Psychol Q, 1991. 54(30): p. 239-251.

Corbin, C., et al., Commitment to physical activity. Int J Sport Psychol, 1987. 18: p. 215-222.

Martin, K. and H. Hausenblaus, Psychological commitment to exercise and eating disorder symptomology among female aerobic instructors.Sport Psychology, 1998. 12: p. 180-190.

 

 

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