Girls on the Run needs coaches

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Girls on the Run Vermont has issued a call for volunteers to help lead girls in the spring program.

Girls on the Run is an inclusive physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in third through eighth grade to be joyful, healthy and confident. The 10-week program teaches critical life skills, encourages personal development and fosters team building and community service. Volunteer coaches utilize a curriculum to engage teams of girls in fun, interactive lessons.

The program serves girls at 45 sites in southern Vermont and is in need of 100 more coaches to ensure that girls will have an opportunity to participate in the program this season.

Volunteer coaches facilitate lessons to small teams of girls who typically meet after school twice a week for 90 minutes. The program culminates with all teams participating in a celebratory 5K event. Individuals must be 18 years old to serve as an assistant coach or 21 years old to serve as a head coach. Junior coaches are also encouraged to apply. Volunteer coaches do not need to be runners but must complete a background check and participate in online and in-person training.

Sites, by county, that are most in need of coaches are: Windham County — Flood Brook School, Putney Central School, Westminster Center School, Wardsboro Elementary, Oak Grove School; and Bennington County — Bennington Elementary School, Molly Stark School, Sunderland Elementary School, Pownal Elementary school, and the School of Sacred Heart.

For more information or to sign up to coach, visit gotrvt.org/coach

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