Give Back Tahoe: Girls on the Run-Sierras inspires local youth girls | SierraSun.com

Give Back Tahoe: Girls on the Run-Sierras inspires local youth girls

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Girls on the Run-Sierras is a positive youth development program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grades to be joyful, healthy, and confident.

Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the 10-week season, the girls make new friends, build confidence, and celebrate all that makes them unique.

Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age. They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences.

Physical activity is woven into our program to develop a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. Throughout the season, girls train toward running a celebratory 5k. Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. In a world where only 1 in every 6 girls gets the recommended daily amount of physical activity, this aspect of our program is especially important.

Since our first season in 2007, Girls on the Run-Sierras has inspired and empowered over 1,700 girls in the Reno-Tahoe community. Over 60% of our spring 2016 participants received a scholarship to participate in the program, almost double our scholarship rate from 2015. Your support helps us to maintain our commitment to never turn away a girl due to her family's inability to pay.

We invite the public to join us at the Girls on the Run 5k, presented by Big Blue Adventure on June 4 at the Truckee Riverview Sports Park. For more information about Girls on the Run and how to get involved, please visit: girlsontherunsierras.org or contact 775-298-0280.