Girls on the Run of Berks County’s Spring 2018 season begins with the largest number of program participants in the organization’s five-year history. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be joyful, healthy and confident.
The volunteer-led program brings together groups of 8-20 girls for a ten-week program that encourages personal development, team building and connection to the community.
“As a former Coach for Girls on the Run, I have witnessed firsthand the significant impact this program has on the lives of young girls. This program is establishing a community of strong, confident young girls and creating a culture where girls feel empowered to be the best versions of themselves”, Sandra Krafczek, Executive Director.
Girls on the Run of Berks County has inspired girls in the Berks County area for ten seasons, celebrating five years, and has impacted the lives of over 2,000 girls. This season, Girls on the Run is being offered at 27 locations with 30 teams. Each team will meet two times a week for 75-90 minutes either before or after school and participate in research-based lessons that use dynamic discussions and fun running games to teach life skills. The season will culminate in a 5k event on May 19, 2018, at Penn State Berks Campus that brings together family, friends and community members to celebrate the girls’ growth throughout the season.
About Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a national physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd-8th grade girls. Participants develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches who guide and mentor the girls.
The ten-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5k event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Girls on the Run has served over 1.4 million girls since its inception in 1996.