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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.
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.
Girls on the Run is for girls currently in 3rd-5th grade. Girls on Track is for girls in 6th-8th grade. If you have questions about exceptions to this rule, please contact your local Girls on the Run coordinator.
Yes. It is ideal for a girl to participate in Girls on the Run or Girls on Track for more than one season. While our Learning Goals remain the same, each year we cycle through 3 different curricula with different activities and games designed to teach the lessons. Through repetition of the program, girls develop healthy attitudes and habits that can last a lifetime, while continuing to be part of a girl-positive, supportive Girls on the Run or Girls on Track community of peers and coaches. As girls repeat the program they become “peer leaders” for girls just getting involved.
Because the lesson topics build on one another and the girls develop as a team, if a girl misses more than four sessions, she may be asked to no longer participate in this season. She is welcome to register for a future time when she will be available to commit to her team and the curriculum. There may be exceptions for practices missed due to illness or family vacation, but not for those that are participating in conflicting programs after school.
Parents are encouraged to be involved in any way that works for them! While some may be able to coach, others may be able to help out with planning for the season-end 5K, bring a healthy snack for the team, or help at one time events like the 5K. Check out our Get Involved page for more information.
Coaches are usually our biggest volunteer need. Other ways to be involved may include helping to plan the season end 5K event, helping fundraise for GOTR, helping with administrative tasks, or signing up to volunteer or run with a girl at the 5K. Check out our Get Involved page for more information.
Program participants and coaches are given t-shirts each season. If you are interested in purchasing a t-shirt or other cool GOTR gear, check out the online GOTR Shop (be sure to enter code AK-9-268 at check-out). Some communities also sell t-shirts and gear at the season end 5K.
GOTR of Greater Alaska is expanding our programming to include new communities and reach more girls with our message of joy, health and confidence. As our program is affiliated with a domestic violence program, all new GOTR locations must be affiliated with a domestic violence program. See starting a new site for more information.
Yes, men can help out in many ways! Men are eligible to become assistant coaches and help out with all other volunteer roles listed on our volunteer page, with the exception of the head coach role.