PARSIPPANY — Girls on the Run of New Jersey East will serve Parsippany-area girls at its Veterans Memorial Park program site the spring, which will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development program that inspires girls in third through eighth grade to be joyful, healthy, and confident. The volunteer-led program brings together groups of 8-20 girls for a ten-week program that encourages personal development, team building, and connection to the community while training to complete a 5K run.
Participation in Girls on the Run results in lasting, transformative change in the lives of girls. “Madison,” an alumna of a local GOTR site who now serves as a junior coach, shares about the program’s impact: “The Girls on the Run lessons have helped me throughout my life. I remember being more confident after Girls on the Run. I was so inspired to make a difference, especially after completing the community impact project. It made me the person I am now, caring and inspiring others, and it’s why I coach now. It shaped me into the person I am today.”
Girls on the Run New Jersey East was established in 2000 and has impacted more than 10,000 girls throughout Burlington, Mercer, Essex, Morris, and Union Counties. GOTR is generously supported by presenting sponsor R. Seelaus & Company, Inc., a Summit, NJ-based financial services firm. The program fee for the spring season is $199, and financial assistance is available based on a sliding scale. Visit the Girls on the Run of New Jersey East website, girlsontherunnj.
Girls on the Run is a national physical activity-based positive youth development program that results in lasting, transformative change in the lives of 3rd-8th grade girls. Participants learn critical life skills such as helping others, resolving conflict, managing emotions, and making intentional decisions. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches who guide and mentor the girls. The ten-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5K event, which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Girls on the Run has served nearly 1.5 million girls since its inception in 1996.