Name of Nonprofit Organization: Girls on the Run Southcentral Alaska (GOTR)
Your Name: Tiffany Hall
Short Project Description:
Girls on the Run is an after-school program that inspires 3rd-8th grade girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum that creatively integrates running. Girls learn life skills through engaging lessons that celebrate the joy of movement while training for a community-wide, celebratory 5K.
The Big Why:
Girls face social pressures and conflicting messages about how they should act and who they should be. Studies show that by adolescence, girls’ confidence drops about twice as much as boys’. Friendships become more complicated and challenging, girls’ perception of their academic ability declines, the likelihood of anxiety and depression increases and participation in physical activity plummets.
The foundation of GOTR is improving the health and well-being of girls through running. Using physical activity as a tool, girls develop and improve their competence and learn to feel confident in who they are. They develop strength of character, learn how to respond to others and oneself with care, and create positive connections with peers and adults. Through collaboration on a community impact project, girls make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each season culminates in a celebratory, noncompetitive 5K event. Completing the 5K gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals.
GOTR serves 3rd-5th grade girls at 13 schools in the Municipality of Anchorage and Mat-Su Borough. We also plan to expand with the Heart & Sole’s middle school program that meets the unique needs of girls in 6th-8th grade. The program considers the whole girl – body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection – in a positive, structured space.
A majority of GOTR program sites are located in Title I schools, serving girls from
families who make less than the federal poverty level. More than 60% of families receive partial or full scholarships. We must ensure those needs can always be met.
We believe that every girl is inherently full of power and potential. By knowing they are the leaders of their lives, these are the girls who will change the world.
The Bottom Line:
GOTR makes a commitment to support any girl with an inability to pay. Scholarships ensure every girl can participate in this life-changing program. The program budget includes $1,200 to provide curricula, journals, lesson materials and shirts for GOTR program sites; as well as $2,800 for 5K registration for all girls, their parents and siblings. These components are vital to the delivery, growth and success of the program. Women’s Giving Circle’s $4,000 gift will provide nearly 27 full or partial scholarships making it possible for Alaska girls to activate their limitless potential and boldly pursue her dreams.
The GOTR annual budget is roughly $30k every year, and we do fundraising throughout the year to support our program and our girls. Last year was our largest year in terms of enrollment, at 160 girls. We are growing and have even more girls lined up this year. Funding from Alaska Women’s Giving Circle will provide additional necessary scholarships to ensure we include every girl, regardless of her ability to pay. Thank you for your consideration.