A three-tiered peer mentoring program that was developed by an adolescent clinical psychologist and a licensed clinical social worker that follows a curriculum rooted in the academic research on the emotional development of girls. The program is designed to teach leadership skills, increase self-esteem, enhance interpersonal competencies, and encourage healthy lifestyle choices. The 90-minute after-school session is split between an indoor social-development curriculum and outdoor physical activities, preparing all girls to run a non-competitive 5K. At the end of the Spring, all the girls participate in a 5K Fun Run as their final activity together. No running experience is required
Volunteer high school juniors and seniors, the Head Coaches (HCs), are trained on the program curriculum which they will teach to the 8th grade participants, who will then become their Coaches in Training (CITs). After this training is completed, the high school and 8th grade girls lead the 5th graders through the curriculum and activities. GCGR promotes and encourages community building by bringing together girls from different neighborhoods and towns along the Connecticut Shoreline.
“This moment I believe will be the springboard for her; she now understands what it feels like to feel success and what it feels like to accomplish a goal…to me that is the key to raising a strong, confident girl.”
–parent of a student participant
We are working on 2021 Girls Coach Girls Run program details to share with you. Please check back with us soon for more information.