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Get Girls Running!!

How might we be bold and challenge young girls in marginalized communities where resources are scarce to challenge themselves to discover that the strength and courage to overcome obstacles lie within them?

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RUNNING. One of human kinds most intuitive and fundamental tools for survival is now a means for social transformation on the micro level by developing the individual's will power to endure and persevere.  

This concept as been deployed with wild success all over the United States through the non-profit organization Girls on the Run.  

Why not apply this model to low-income communities to help thwart cultural stereotypes and mistreatment of girls and young women by empowering the women themselves?  
 
  • Based on the premise that awareness of self and the power within is the engine that mobilizes confidence and initiative, this mission seeks to:
  • develop stronger, more resilient, and self-assured future women in society through the discipline, joy, and camaraderie of running. 
  • build young girls self-esteem through earned and personal achievement. 
  • provide supporting lessons in women's empowerment, highlighting role models and key women figures in society
  • cross-pollinate and enrich the solidarity of runners in the broader community by activating mento roles and community based-runs with girls
  • provide resources (nutrition suppliments, shoes, water) and the education behind their proper use and care

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Sport is a great uniter and the prior experience and proof a great help

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