• Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay
  • Signup Deadline is 7/31/2018

About This Event


Thank you for your interest in hosting a Girls on the Run program at your site! 

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FAQ: What is Girls on the Run®?

Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and a local council of Girls on the Run International. Our mission is to inspire girls in 3rd-8th grade to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun-experienced based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Participants in 3rd-5th grade and 6th-8th grade meet after school twice a week for ten weeks in teams of 8-20 girls at locations in Arenac, Bay, Saginaw, and Tuscola Counties. The program combines training for a non-competitive, celebratory 3.1 mile (5k) running event with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting activities, games, and discussions run by trained, volunteer coaches. Absolutely no running experience is required to coach or participate! The fee for participants is on a sliding scale from $25-$160 and helps offset the cost of operating a Girls on the Run program for 1.25 to 1.5 hours twice per week for 10-weeks. Payment plans are available for families who need additional assistance. All families that can afford to pay the full fee are asked to pay the full amount. Our goal is to offer our program to every girl who wishes to participate and girls participate equally in the Girls on the Run program regardless of the fee her family is able to pay. Local fund raising efforts, sponsorships, grants and donations help to bridge the gap between program fees paid and scholarships needed. The participation fee helps cover the cost of one child's participation and includes:

 

-Twenty 1.25-1.5 hour sessions run by trained volunteer coaches

-Healthy snacks at each session

-T-shirt

-Lesson supplies

-GOTR water bottle

-Final celebration

-5k entry fee

-A finisher’s medallion.

 

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FAQ: How does it work? 

 

Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay offers two programs: Girls on the Run (GOTR) for 3rd-5th grade girls and Heart and Sole (formerly called Girls on Track) for 6th-8th grade girls. The principle philosophies and psychological research for both programs are the same, yet the processing varies with the two different curricula for developmental reasons. The Heart and Sole curriculum allows for deeper discussion of topics more relevant to middle school girls, providing a safe outlet for discussion at this crucial stage of development. Each 10-week curriculum covers 20 lessons, and each lesson follows a similar format while focusing on a specific topic and set of learning goals.

 

Curriculum Format

The curriculum is divided generally into three parts: 

 

1.       The first lessons in the curriculum are centered on the girls getting to know themselves, examining their own values, their likes and dislikes, and who they envision themselves to be. As the girls get to know themselves, they are also sharing with each other. 

 

2.       The next group of lessons concentrates on team building, being supportive, and learning to listen and cooperate. 

 

3.       The last group of lessons relates to the world at large, including making a contribution to our world by conceptualizing and completing a community service project. During this portion the girls also examine the negative messages we can receive from the world (media awareness, negative peer pressure, etc.). 

 

The lessons conclude with participation in the 5k run. We participate in our very own running event, the Girls on the Run 5k in November. This is a fun, family-friendly event that is open to the community and celebrates the Girls on the Run participants.

 

Lesson Format          

 

Getting On Board: As the girls arrive and settle into a circle, the coach introduces the topic of the lesson (i.e., positive and negative self-talk, gossip, healthy eating, gratitude). This portion of the lesson will include an activity and discussion.    

 

Warm Up: Next is a game - perhaps a short relay run or some other brief activity. This will serve to warm-up muscles while incorporating the lesson topic. The girls will “process” this topic while stretching.         

 

Workout: This involves more actual running. The season starts with shorter periods of running and builds up as the girls learn to run their own happy pace. Eventually, the workout will build up to a practice 5k to build the girls’ confidence for participating in the actual 5k event.        

 

Cool Down: After the workout, there is a cool down and more processing. The session always ends with a celebration of the girls’ accomplishments in the form of an “energy cheer.”

 

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FAQ: How do we get started?

All GOTR sites must provide a volunteer site liaison and 2-3 volunteer coaches (a head coach and 1-2 assistant coaches). The site liaison will need to complete the site application found on the next page.

 

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Site Liaison Description:

Position Profile: The Girls on the Run volunteer site liaison must possess a passion for and commitment to improving the lives and opportunities of girls in 3rd-8th grades.  The site liaison reports to the Girls on the Run council director and is responsible for managing their specific Girls on the Run site. The site liaison can also be a coach but must have the time and flexibility in their schedule to meet the following volunteer responsibilities:         

 

The site liaison will first need to complete site application: 

1. Gain signature of principal / authority in support of hosting Girls on the Run and provide the following information:

     -Site/school name, phone number, address, district

     -Total student enrollment #

     -Total # 3rd-5th grade girls and/or 6th-8th grade girls

     -Site liaison's name, phone number, email

     -2 approved, non-consecutive, 1.25-1.5 hour practice days. Teams meet twice a week for 10 weeks.

     -Total students who are from low-income families at approved Title 1 or low-income schools

     -Estimation of scholarship need

2. Identify storage space for Girls on the Run supplies (enough space for one plastic tote, approximately 15 pairs of shoes, snacks, and one large ball). 

 3. Identify a safe, dedicated space for running.  THIS IS ESSENTIAL. This does not have to be a track. A field is   fine. However, there is a need to measure off part of the area for occasions when lessons require running a certain distance, e.g. 1 mile, 5K, etc.    

4. Identify a rain site.  Indoor, private, preferably a gym reserved for GOTR and NOT in conflict with other programs.

5. Assist in the recruitment of at least two coaches for the site and provide their names and email/phone.

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Once the site has been approved:

-Assist with student recruitment process and online registration process 

-Support families with the online registration and fee collection process 

-Meet the team size requirements (8-15 girls on teams with two coaches; 8-20 girls on teams with three coaches) 

-Ensure that the site meets all Girls on the Run compliance standards 

-One-time pick up of coach supplies from GOTR office (5647 State Street, Saginaw)

-Meet with coaches one time prior to the start of the season 

-Print coach packet (including roster and participant health information) and provide to coach team prior to the start of the season

-Support coaches in implementation of the Girls on the Run program, including curriculum and appropriate training space, and communication among coaches, participants, parents and the Girls on the Run staff

-Keep in contact with council director regarding registration problems or need for additional publicity 

-Pick up participant t-shirts mid-season from GOTR office 

-Provide occasional feedback to Girls on the Run organization

-Return coach supplies to the GOTR office at the end of the season

-Champion the Girls on the Run program at your site and have fun! 

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There is a mandatory training for all new site liaisons.

 

Head Coach Description 

Position Profile: Serving as a Head Coach is the most rewarding way to get involved with Girls on the Run and learn more about our program.  You get to experience the program first hand, feel a sense of accomplishment that you have made a difference in the lives of the girls and have a ton of fun with your team of coaches and incredible girls!  

 

Summary: The Head Coach is a volunteer position that works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to program participants. This position entails approximately 5-6 hours per week for 10 weeks with additional time required on two Saturdays for a coach training session and our community 5k event. Open to women age 21 years or older.  This volunteer position may be used as a service learning project or other college credit project upon agreement of the school and Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay.

 

Core Duties/Responsibilities include the following: 

-Attending a 4.5-hour in-person training session and conducting 1 hour of online training prior to the season.

-Understanding and believing in the mission of the organization and acting as a spokesperson for the program.  

-Serving as a role model and mentor

-Preparing, organizing, and supervising the weekly lessons (all materials are provided) 

-Leading the program participants through each lesson 

-Interacting with parents of program participants

-Planning and coordinating the end of season celebration 

-Coordinating the community project 

-Attending the end of season community 5k event with program participants and other volunteers 

 

Qualifications: 

-A strong desire to work in the field of girl development 

-Experience working with youth 

-Excellent communication skills 

-The ability to be flexible and to improvise when needed 

-To inspire and motivate others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission 

-High organizational skills 

-The ability to recognize conflict and have the skills to help resolve it 

-The capacity to work in a partnership with a co-coach and/or assistant coaches

-Attend a Girls on the Run coach training

-Agree and consent to a background check run by Girls on the Run 

-First Aid/CPR certification (a low-cost training will be offered)   

 

Experience: The ideal candidate would have the following experience:        

 -Has worked directly with girls ages 8-14 in a girl-positive environment

-Strives to lead a healthy lifestyle

-Has volunteered in direct service organizations

-Has awareness of the common and different needs of girls

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Assistant Coach Description

Position Profile: Serving as an assistant coach is a fun and rewarding way to get involved with Girls on the Run and learn more about our program. You get to experience the program first hand, feel a sense of accomplishment that you have made a difference in the lives of the girl, and have a ton of fun with your team of coaches and incredible girls! This is a perfect opportunity for individuals who can’t make the twice-weekly time commitment to be a head coach. 

 

Summary: The Assistant Coach is a volunteer position that assists the Head Coach(s) at a Girls on the Run program site.  The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for 10 weeks, with additional time required on two Saturdays for coach training and our community 5k event.  Assistant Coaches can choose to attend both program sessions per week OR commit to only one day a week.  We ask each Assistant Coach to determine which schedule works best for them and to maintain that schedule throughout the program for consistency for the girls. We ask that people who are not able to commit to at least one session per week please consider a different volunteer opportunity with us. While the Assistant Coach is not primarily responsible for facilitating the Girls on the Run curriculum, they are there to support the Head Coach and program participants.  Open to woman and men age 18 years or older.  This volunteer position may be used as a service learning project or other college credit project upon agreement of the school and Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay.  

 

 Core Duties/Responsibilities include the following: 

-Attending a 4.5-hour in-person training session and conducting 1 hour of online training prior to the season.

-Understand and believe in the mission of Girls on the Run 

-Serve as a role model and mentor for program participants 

-Attend program session on selected day(s) on a consistent basis

-Assist with all aspects of the facilitation of the Girls on the Run curriculum 

-Attend coaches meetings in absence of head coach 

-Encourage and cheer for all participants 

-Participate in games and workouts with the girls as needed by the coaches 

-Attend the community 5k with coaches, program participants and other volunteers   

 

Qualifications: 

-A strong desire to work in the field of youth character development 

-Excellent communication skills 

-Experience working with youth 

-Capacity to work in a partnership with a head and assistant coach(es) 

-Flexibility/Ability to accommodate to a changing environment 

-Attend a Girls on the Run coach training 

-Agree and consent to a background check run by Girls on the Run -Strives to lead a healthy lifestyle 

 

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Junior Coach Description (Optional)     

Position Profile: Serving as a Junior Coach is a fun and rewarding way for individuals under 18 years of age to get involved with Girls on the Run and make a difference in the lives of girls throughout their community.  You get to experience the program first hand, feel a sense of accomplishment and have a ton of fun with your team of coaches and incredible girls!   

 

Summary:  The Junior Coach is a volunteer position for individuals 16 or 17 years of age to assist the Head and Assistant Coaches at a Girls on the Run program site.  The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for ten weeks.  Junior Coaches can choose to attend both program sessions per week OR commit to only one day a week.  We ask each Junior Coach to determine which schedule works the best for them and to maintain that schedule throughout the program for consistency for the girls. We ask that people who are not able to commit to at least one session per week please consider a different volunteer opportunity with us. While the Junior Coach is not responsible for facilitating the Girls on the Run curriculum, they are there to support the Head and Assistant Coaches and program participants in many ways. This volunteer position may be used as a service learning project/high school community service credit project or other high school credit project upon agreement of the school and Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay.  

 

Core Duties / Responsibilities include the following:    

 -Attending a 4.5-hour in-person training session and conducting 1 hour of online training prior to the season.  

-Understand and believe in the mission of Girls on the Run         

-Serve as a role model and mentor for program participants         

-Attend program session on selected day(s) on a consistent basis        

-Encourage and motivate all participants       

-Assist the head and assistant coaches with games and lessons        

-Participate in games and workouts with the girls, encouraging them to put their best effort into the workout  

-Provide one-on-one attention to girls         

-If desired, lead an activity with assistance and under the supervision of a head or assistant coach

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Qualifications     

-16 or 17 years old        

-A strong desire to work in the field of youth character development        

-Excellent communication skills        

-Flexible / ability to accommodate to a changing environment        

-Attend a Girls on the Run coach training        

-Strives to lead a healthy lifestyle

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FAQ: How do coaches apply?

Our coach application will be available on our website in mid-May.

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FAQ: How does coach training work?

All new coaches must attend a 4.75 hour in-person training session and conduct 1 hour of online training. Coaches will be able to choose their training session when they fill out their online application. We offer two options for coaches to choose from for in-person training:

 

Sunday, 8/6/2017, 12:30-5:15pm @ YMCA of Saginaw, 1915 Fordney Street, Saginaw, 48601

Sunday, 8/20/2017, 11:30-4:15pm @ Dow Bay Area Family Y, 225 Washington Ave., Bay City, 48708

 

Coaches who participated in our 2016 coach training will be provided with an online training module and will not need attend an in-person training.

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FAQ: Is there a cost to our site to participate?

We provide all materials and there is no cost to your site to participate; however, Girls on the Run gratefully accepts efforts on the part of sites to assist with raising funds to ensure the sustainability of our program. Girls on the Run is dedicated to offering our program to every girl who wishes to participate, regardless of her family's ability to pay the full fee, and support from our community helps to support our scholarship fund; approximately 50% of our participants benefit from scholarships annually. While Girls on the Run does ALL we can to ensure every girl can participate, scholarships may be subject to fund availability.

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For more information, please feel free to contact Jennifer Naegele at 989-399-0007 ext. 104 or jnaegele@undergroundrailroadinc.org.

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Girls on the Run Saginaw Bay is an affiliated program of Underground Railroad, Inc.