Girls on the Run at Baltimore City Title I Schools

Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake (GOTR) inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident, using a fun, experienced-based curriculum, which creatively integrates running.

Girls on the Run of the Greater Chesapeake, one of over 200 independent councils of Girls on the Run International, promotes positive youth development, including season-long and lasting change for girls in the areas of competence, confidence, character, caring, physical activity and life skills. These results are achieved in a 10-week, after-school program, which meets twice per week, using a curriculum tailored to 3rd-5th graders. During the 20 volunteer-led sessions, participants address critical adolescent topics, including self-esteem, bullying, and peer pressure. Running is the tool used to teach these lessons. The program culminates with each participant running GOTR’s 5k/3.1 mile race.

Funding from The Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle allowed GOTR to expand its reach to Title I Baltimore City schools, with an additional 88 girls participating in this experience-based curriculum that uses running to teach girls grades 3-5 about self-esteem, bullying and other important adolescent topics.