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 4th 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 4th grade participant
*Like all W&FLC programs, fee waivers are available upon request.
Girls Coach Girls Run will be offered at sites across Branford, Guilford and Madison, Winter-Spring 2020. Please check back soon for site information.
All participants come together for the culminating event, the 5K Fun Run, after school on Wednesday, June 3 ((Rain date: Thursday, June 4)
For Head Coach families (girls in grades 11 & 12)
Step 1: Parent/Guardian completes on-line Parent/Guardian and Student Information Pages then choose the Head Coach Register link. (link here)
Step 2: High school students complete the on-line application. (link here)
Step 3: First-time Head Coaches request a recommendation letter by sharing this link with a Coach, teacher, employer.
Step 4: First-time Head Coaches schedule a 20-minute interview by contacting Beth Skudder via email at firstname.lastname@example.org; or call her at (203) 458-6699, ext 103
For Coach in Training families (girls in grade 8)
Step 1: Parent/Guardian completes on-line Parent/Guardian and Student Information Pages then chooses the Coach in Training Register link and submits payment/requests scholarship. (link here)
Step 2: All 8th grade students complete the on-line application. (link here)
For 4th grade participant Training
Step 1: Parent/Guardian completes on-line Parent/Guardian and Student Information Pages then chooses their Site Preference Register link and submits payment/requests scholarship. (link here)