Girls on the Run (GOTR) was founded in 1996 by former educator, counselor and Ironman triathlete, Molly Barker. The earliest version of the 24-lesson curriculum was piloted with 13 girls followed by 26 girls the next year, then 75 and so on. In 2000, Girls on the Run International became a 501c3 organization. As an international physical activity-based positive youth development (PA-PYD) program, GOTR employs running and other physical activities as a medium for teaching essential life skills and core values for living an emotionally healthy and physically active lifestyle. The program contains all the social-contextual elements necessary of a positive youth development framework including an intentional curriculum, instructor training to ensure fidelity, a caring climate, and supportive relationships. The 10 week curriculum carefully and thoughtfully includes Lerner’s Five Cs plus 1 – lessons targeting the promotion of competence, confidence, connection, character, caring – and contribution to the greater good of society (Lerner & Lerner, 2006).
Physical activity is woven into the program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. The culminating experience of the program is a celebratory, non-competitive 5k event that provides girls with a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.
Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program designed to develop and enhance girls' social, psychological, and physical competencies to successfully navigate life experiences. Counties served include Buchanan, Cass, Clay, Clinton, Jackson, Lafayette, Platte and Ray counties in Missouri and Douglas, Franklin, Johnson, Leavenworth, Miami and Wyandotte counties in Kansas.
In 2016, Girls on the Run of Greater Kansas City (GOTR-GKC) served 4,102 girls and engaged 1,282 volunteer coaches. We continue to see record growth for GOTR-GKC; more than 35% growth in participants year over year. Thanks to our growing support from this community, we have maintained a scholarship rate of 45%, Outcomes from our elementary and middle school programs continue to show that girls self-esteem increased significantly after participation in the program, lifestyle behaviors such as eating healthier and participating in physical activities increased and girls came out of the program with a better body image and a significant increase in self-respect.
Goals for the 2016-207 year include:
“In the two seasons I
have worked with Girls on the Run, I have seen numerous girls on our team open
up in ways that I would not normally see happen…I couldn’t believe the change
in attitudes and healthy behaviors I was seeing in the girls. They were all
becoming more positive, confident, and active role models for their peers.”
GOTR Coach, 2016
Positive. Confident. Healthy. These are words we hear every day at Girls on the Run teams across Greater Kansas City. Our vision of a community where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams is our driving force every day.
Gina Krahulik is the Executive Director of Girls on the Run of Greater Kansas City. In her role, she is responsible for all organizational and operational aspects of Girls on the Run including its administration, financial operations, revenue generation, program development and activities, personnel management and strategic planning.
Girls on the Run of Greater Kansas City is very fortunate to
have an active board of directors that truly understands and cares about our
mission. Each board member comes from a variety of professional backgrounds and
uses those skills to further the effectiveness of the board. Their diverse circles
of influence benefit the organization; each board member has used their
personal and professional connections obtain event sponsorships, secure grant
funding, raise scholarship money for program fees and arrange for in-kind
donations to our organization. Board members are also able to use their
professional talents by chairing one of the sub-committees. The 5k committee,
Human Resources committee and Development committee have all benefitted from
the influence and expertise from board members. These thriving committees have
allowed the board members to use their talents outside of the board room, and
they are also given a chance to see the organization in a different light.
The board of directors of Girls on the Run of Greater Kansas City understands that they have a fiduciary responsibility to ensure that the organization is fiscally sound and has the proper amount of resources to further the mission. Each board member contributes a personally significant gift each year, as well as securing an outside donation. This policy signals each board members commitment and investment in Girls on the Run.
In the fall of 2014 two board members attended a Girls on the Run International conference, which focused on the importance of productive board meetings, successful board governance and board development. The board members brought that information back to Kansas City and presented to the full board, which helped facilitate discussions about how the board can revise their best practices and increase board effectiveness.
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