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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Girls On The Run - Building Confidence In Young Women

It's a tough subject.  Building confidence in young people, especially girls.  Life today is inundated with messaging that says you have to be "this" to look good and to feel good.   It's also pretty common to hear "unless you have that....you're behind".  To impressionable young minds, a standard gets built to live up to expectations and quite often if and when those "standards" can't be met....there is somehow something wrong.  Well, there's a better way.  Girls on the Run!




Girls on the Run Muskegon Online
Girls on the Run of Muskegon works with girls from 3rd-8th grade inspiring them to be joyful, confident and healthy using a fun, experience based curriculum which creatively integrates running!  It's a 24 lesson program that meets twice a week in small groups and the focus is on girls becoming independent thinkers, enhance their problem solving skills and making healthy decisions.  It's a very powerful experience.  Their core values are -


  • Recognize our power and responsibility to be intentional in our decision making
  • Embrace our differences and find strength in our connectedness
  • Express joy, optimism and gratitude through our words, thoughts and actions
  • Nurture our physical, emotional and spiritual health
  • Lead with an open heart and assume positive intent
  • Stand up for ourselves and other.
I had a chance to speak with GOTR Muskegon County Director Sue Gifford and board member Jennifer Schultz and they shared a little about the organization and their work.  Take a listen below!




Would you like to lend a hand with sponsorship for the event coming up in May? They could use your support!!  You can call Sue Gifford a 231-759-7909 ext 256 or CLICK HERE to email her!

You can connect with Girls on the Run of Muskegon's Facebook Page by clicking on the three smiling faces below .

Girls on the Run Muskegon Facebook

And finally!  If you have some spare time and would like to volunteer CLICK HERE for the registration sheet!


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