Girls on the Run FAQs

What does Girls on the Run do?

One girl put it this way, "I learned that I am the boss of my brain." Helping girls take charge of their lives and define the future on their terms. You can also think of it as Can University—a place where girls learn that they can. No limits. No constraints. Only opportunities to be remarkable.

How do we play a role in our girls' lives?

Lots of ways, but we start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what's important to them. Then we look at the role of teams and healthy relationships. And, finally, we explore how girls can positively connect with and shape the world. And remember, we believe that life-changing experiences can be fun too—for everyone—the girls, coaches, families and other volunteers. So don't be surprised when you hear laughter along with self-reflection and see beaming smiles across the beautiful, confident faces of our girls.

How much does this program cost?

Total program cost is $150 for 10 weeks of curriculum, materials, snacks, the program
t-shirt and the end of season celebratory 5K. Scholarships are available for those who need assistance. The YWCA utilizes a sliding scale based on family income & financial need to best accommodate families.

What if a girl is unable to pay program fees?

Full and partial scholarships are available based on financial need.  Our goal is to never turn a girl away for financial reasons. Please know that we request all scholarship recipients to pay a portion of the program fee, however nominal that may be, so there is buy-in and a sense of pride and ownership, which helps with attendance and engagement. For scholarship applications please contact the Council Director.

Can my daughter register for the program if she can only attend once a week?

No. It is critically important to the efficacy of the girls’ program experience that they participate in both sessions each week from a group dynamic and experiential learning process perspective and to fully train for the end-of-season 5k.

Where does the program meet?

GOTR meetings are held in designated locations at each school site. Girls will not leave the school site without receiving parental consent.

What if my daughter has asthma?

GOTR is open to all girls who want to participate; we ask that they bring a backup inhaler to use if needed. We have had girls overcome tremendous asthma related barriers through their participation in GOTR. 

What if my daughter doesn’t like to run will she still like GOTR?

Girls on the Run is about so much more than running, as long as she is willing to be active she will enjoy the program. Each lesson starts with 15 minutes of “getting on board” talking about girl topics - standing up for myself, bullying, healthy eating. 15-20 minutes of game playing related to the topic of the day follows. The last 30-45 minutes is devoted to being active - running, walking, jogging. 

What is the 5K event they are training for?

The Girls on the Run 5K event is held at the end of each season, it is a time when all the GOTR teams come together to celebrate their accomplishments and have fun. 

Can I get involved too?

YES - Our program would not be possible without the amazing volunteers who donate their time and talent.  Coaches lead the girls through fun and active lessons while helping them prepare for the Girls on the Run 5k run/walk at the end of the season. To learn more about becoming a coach contact the Council Director.

Girls on the Run Contact Information:

Marle Chapman, Girls on the Run Central Louisiana Council Director
p: 318.442.3397
YWCA Alexandria Pineville