Sunday, June 10, 2012

Girls on the Run, Inc.

Item six on my #visionboard2012 is to volunteer.
I wanted to find an organization where I could combine my love of working with young people and my hobbies (if possible). I first looked into helping out as a baby cuddler at the hospital. Unfortunately, all of the slots were full. My second thought was a soup kitchen, but honestly I didn't think I could handle it. My chance at volunteering was looking like it wasn't going to happen. That all changed when I saw a post in our FB page about working as a coach for Girls on the Run.
Per the website:
"Girls on the Run is a transformational learning program for 8 to 13 year-old girls. We teach life skills through dynamic, conversation-based lessons and running games. The program culminates with the girls being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5k running event. The goal of the program is to unleash confidence through accomplishment while establishing a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness."

This was the opportunity that I was looking for. I immediately filled out the application, background check, and e-mailed the documents. Soon after I was notified that I had been chosen to as an Assistant Coach in Harlem.

Over the past twelve weeks I've had the pleasure of working with some great girls, and earlier today they completed their first 5k ever. What an accomplishment! I definitely look forward to working with the new group in the fall.

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