Girls on the Run of the Triangle is a nonprofit, physical activity-based, positive youth development program (PA-PYD) for girls in 3rd through 8th grades designed to develop and enhance girls’ social, psychological, and physical competencies to successfully navigate life experiences. Their mission is to create a world full of joyful, healthy, and confident girls acting on their values and opportunities. As the name implies, running is a part of the program, but the primary focus is empowerment. The experience-based curriculum is designed to help girls across the Triangle activate their limitless potential.
Throughout the course of the ten-week program, girls learn critical life skills including managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others and making intentional decisions. It is the combination of the research-based curriculum, trained coaches and a commitment to serve all girls that sets Girls on the Run apart from other after-school programs. An independent study showed 97% of GOTR participants learned critical life skills including resolving conflict, helping others and intentional decision-making.
Since its inception in 2000, over 16,000 girls throughout Durham, Orange, and Wake Counties have participated in the character development program. One in three girls receive scholarship assistance to participate: in 2017, the organization expects to award $123,000 in scholarship funds. No girl is ever denied the opportunity to participate in the program based on her family’s ability to pay.