Girls on the Run Vermont seeks volunteers

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Girls on the Run Vermont, known throughout the state for its positive youth development program designed to empower local girls in 3rd through 8th grade, is in need of 150 more coaches to ensure that every girl in southern Vermont will have an opportunity to participate in its transformative program this spring.

Girls who participate in the program develop and improve competence, feel confident in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults, and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. It is the combination of the research-based curriculum, trained coaches and a commitment to serve all girls that sets Girls on the Run apart from other after-school programs.

A recent independent study conducted by Maureen R. Weiss, Ph.D., a leading expert on youth development, provides compelling evidence that Girls on the Run is highly effective at driving transformative and lasting change in the lives of young girls. In 2017, the National Afterschool Association (NAA) selected Girls on the Run as one of the most influential programs in health and wellness.

The 44 southern Vermont schools in need of coaches include Bennington Elementary, Dorset School, Manchester Elementary & Middle School, Monument Elementary, Mount Anthony Union Middle, School of Sacred Heart, Shaftsbury Elementary, Dothan Brook School, Woodstock and Prosper Valley, Academy School, Bellows Falls Middle School, Dover Elementary, Grafton Elementary, The Grammar School, Green Street School, Hilltop Montessori, Jamaica Village School, Leland & Gray, Marlboro Elementary, Newbrook Elementary, Oak Grove School, Saxtons River Elementary, St. Michael's Roman Catholic School, Vernon Elementary, Wardsboro School, Westminster Center School and Hinsdale Elementary.

Meeting twice a week for 90 minutes, volunteer coaches utilize the curriculum to engage small teams of girls in fun, interactive lessons. The program culminates with all teams in southern Vermont participating in a celebratory 5K on Saturday, May 12, 2018 in Brattleboro. Volunteer coaches do not have to be runners but must complete a background check and participate in the Girls on the Run online and in-person training/workshop.

This training qualifies for continuing education credits.

Girls on the Run Vermont's spring coach registration is now open. To learn more about empowering our local girls or register to be a coach mentor please visit www.gotrvt.org/coaching, call 802-246-1476 or email sarah@girlsontherunvermont.org

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