Girls on the Run gets grant to expand

May 15, 2019
Corey Belcher, branch manager at Bangor Savings Bank, presents Girls on the Run Maine with a grant to support the expansion of new teams in the Midcoast. From left, coaches Augusta Stockman, Caroline Moore, Belcher and the PenBay YMCA team.

Girls on the Run Maine has been awarded a grant through Bangor Savings Bank for $2,500 to sustain and expand its programming in the Midcoast.

Girls on the Run Maine started in Portland in 2012 and has been expanding statewide. In the fall of 2016, 17 third- through fifth-graders made up the first Girls on the Run team in the Midcoast, practicing at the Penobscot Bay YMCA. Now there are seven teams and 90 girls participating in the Midcoast.

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. Girls in grades three through five and six through eight meet twice a week over the course of a 10-week season and build up to running a 5K.

The program’s intentional curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring and contribution through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. The life skills curriculum is delivered by trained coaches in a safe and inclusive environment. 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.

The expansion of the Girls on the Run program will inspire girls in the Midcoast to be healthy, confident and connected through engaging lessons that focus on standing up to peer pressure, making critical decisions, being intentional about choosing friendships, identifying and handling both comfortable and uncomfortable emotions, and demonstrating respect and responsibility towards themselves and others.

The current spring season will wrap up at the June 9 Girls on the Run 5Kat Husson University in Bangor, which the girls have been working hard to prepare for. This event brings together all the Girls on the Run teams from northern Maine, and is also open to the public.

The fall season will run fromSeptember through mid-November, and the spring season is mid-March through early June. Planning for the fall season starts now, and Girls on the Run is looking for new host sites in the area. For more information, contact Caroline Moore at caroline.moore@girlsontherun.org.

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