Girls on the Run
“We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.”
— Girls on the Run Vision Statement
Like Junior League of Lafayette, Girls on the Run, an international positive youth development program, believes in the potential of young women. The mission of Girls on the Run is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Designed for girls in middle school, Girls on the Run teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The program culminates with girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K running event.
Unlocking Limitless Potential
Recognizing the shared vision of developing the potential of women of all ages, Junior League of Lafayette initiated Girls on the Run programs at two local Boys and Girls Clubs in 2014-2015. This year, Junior League of Lafayette volunteers at the Jackie and Granberry units of Boys and Girls Clubs and Woodvale Elementary have worked with 3rd through 5th grade girls on boosting their confidence while establishing an appreciation for health and fitness.
Junior League of Lafayette volunteers follow the 10-week Girls on the Run curriculum, which focuses on different topics such as plugging into positivity, healthy habits and how to express feelings. The girls play different games and complete activities related to those lessons and finish by running laps to get them ready to run the 5K. Junior League of Lafayette volunteers have noticed that the girls are not only becoming stronger runners – they are also more independent and confident individuals. While the running is an important aspect of the program, these young women are being empowered, and will be better prepared to take on life’s challenges.
To conclude each curriculum's session, Junior League of Lafayette teams join nearly two dozen Girls on the Run teams from throughout Lafayette for the 5K celebration run at Parc Sans Souci hosted by Girls on the Run of South Louisiana. Runners will be invited to visit Inspiration Village (sponsored by Junior League of Lafayette) to decorate bandanas, write inspirational messages, and take photos in the photo booth. To warm-up before the race, runners and running buddies will Zumba! Then, the Girls on the Run participants and their running buddies will run, walk, dance, skip, and cheer their way along the 3.1 mile downtown Lafayette course.
Together, Junior League of Lafayette, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Girls on the Run are empowering young women one step at a time.
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