When did the uniqueness and the quality of a girl’s heart lessen in importance? Unfortunately even when families that are nurturing the developmental growth of little girls, we still have to battle the image that the world today portrays of beauty. This beauty is based off of superficiality and is dependent upon airbrushing a majority of the time to erase flaws. This creates an unnatural beauty that is unattainable for young girls to strive for. This portrayal of what a girl should grow up to be is harming not only their self-esteem but the way they interact with each other. Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that is working to empower and help young girls find strength and beauty with in themselves.
They inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. It is based off of a ten to twelve week after school program that is split by 3rd to 5th graders and then 6th to 8th graders. The Girls on the Run curriculum was created for the 3rd-5th graders it focuses on encouraging positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Girls on Track was designed to address the same challenges by now empowering them in the next stage to make thoughtful and healthy decisions. The curriculum for middle schoolers allows for more mature processing around topics like: eating disorders, internet safety, relationships, cyber-bullying and tobacco and alcohol use. During this program they also incorporate training, to prepare the girls to complete a 5K run at the end of the program. By do this, it allows them to see what they thought was impossible is actually possible.
This program is amazing in that they are really trying to empower young women so they know that they can recognize and appreciate not only their uniqueness but what makes others unique as well. These girls leave with a better understanding of themselves and empowered to make their dreams come true.