Girls on the Run of Hunterdon, Bucks and Warren counties has been awarded a grant of $20,000 from the Rite Aid Foundation.
The grant from the Rite Aid Foundation will provide more girls with the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run.
“Girls on the Run envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams,” said Catie Tritremmel, council director. “This grant from the Rite Aid Foundation will help move this vision forward by providing opportunities for more girls to participate in our life-changing program.
An independent study found that the program is highly effective at driving transformative and lasting change in the lives of third to eighth grade girls. Ninety-seven percent of participants said they learned critical life skills such as how to resolve conflict, manage emotions, help others and make intentional decisions that they are using at home, at school and with their friends.
Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. The program’s curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event.
Girls on the Run of Hunterdon, Bucks and Warren counties is one of 22 councils to receive the Rite Aid Foundation KidsCents Regional Grant. Over $460,000 was awarded to councils in 12 states to advance the mission of Girls on the Run.
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