Program Description

Girls Coach Girls Run is comprised of a two-tiered curriculum:  discussions and activities that promote positive self-esteem, interpersonal competencies and healthy lifestyles; and an exercise curriculum that prepares girls to run a 5K.  High school Head Coaches and 8th grade Assistant Coaches undergo an extensive training program before implementing the lessons with the 4th grade girls.

Eighth graders benefit from a 6-week leadership training, led by high school Head Coaches and supervised by professional educators and facilitators.  The Head Coaches lead Assistant Coaches in activities and discussions with two goals:  one, to engage 8th grade girls in thinking about their own healthy choices and two, to help prepare the young leaders to mentor the 4th graders later in the Spring.  During the 4th Grade Component of the Program, Assistant Coaches help Head Coaches implement the lessons with the younger girls.

Program Logistics & Requirements

The GCGR 8th Grade Program includes a Training Component and the After-School Mentoring Component.

Who may participate?
8th Grade girls from Shoreline towns who are available for all program dates; families are responsible for transportation.
There is  $75 participation fee; scholarships available. Sibling discount of 30% off the older girl’s registration is available when two girls from the same family register for Gr 4 & Gr 8 in the same year, or twins in the same grade. Choose “scholarship” when registering and the adjustment will be made for your registrations.

Where does the program take place?

Training takes place at Women & Family Life Center, with one Saturday training at The Country School.
The mentoring portion of the program takes place at different sites in Madison & Guilford:
The Country School, Madison
Guilford Free Library, Guilford
Women & Family Life Center, Guilford


Training with Head Coaches AND 8th Grade Assistant Coaches.
All girls in grades 8, 11 & 12 attend:
Saturday, March 2, 10:30 – 2:30^
AND Thursdays 3:30 – 5:30pm on these dates: March 21, 28, Apr 4, 11, 23
^Snowdate: Saturday, March 23.
Lunch will be provided at Saturday training.

After-school Component with all Coaches and 4th graders.
All girls in grades 4, 8, 11 & 12 attend all twelve program sessions AND the 5K Fun Run on June 5.
GCGR will be offered at convenient locations in both Guilford and Madison.
Tuesdays & Thursdays, 4:00 – 5:30pm on these dates:
Apr 25, 30, May 2, 7, 9, 14, 16, 21, 23, 28, 30, June 4

***The culminating event, the 5K Fun Run, will be held after school on Wednesday, June 5 at the Surf Club in Madison.
Registration is closed for the 8th grade program. Thank you for your interest.
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