Girls on the Run

Girls on the Run, a nonprofit girls empowerment program that teaches life skills through lessons and physical activity, is coming to Halifax County.

The South Boston/Halifax County YMCA, a YMCA of South Hampton Roads Family Center, will welcome a new program this fall — Girls on the Run.

The program offers a life skills curriculum. Highly trained coaches impact girls’ lives by helping them increase their self-confidence, develop healthy relationships and feel good about themselves.

Girls on the Run is a nonprofit girls empowerment program that teaches life skills through lessons and physical activity. Meeting in small teams, trained volunteer coaches use the research-based curriculum to teach foundational lessons through discussions, activities and running games.

Over the course of the eight-week program, girls develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness.

The curriculum includes three parts: valuing ourselves, establishing healthy relationships, and understanding how to connect with and shape the world at large.

Girls on the Run lessons focus on building social, emotional and physical skills in girls while encouraging healthy habits for life.

The combination of the research-based curriculum, trained coaches and a commitment to serve all girls is what sets Girls on the Run apart from other after-school activities. A recent independent study led by Dr. Maureen Weiss, an expert in positive youth development, showed that 97% of Girls on the Run participants learned critical life skills including resolving conflict, helping others and intentional decision-making.

Modifications have been made to the program to adhere to social distance guidelines, minimize exposure and follow COVID safety policies. The eight-week season will run from Sept. 28-Nov. 20.

The group will be meet on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 to 7 p.m.

Registration is open now. Fees are based on a sliding scale and scholarships are available. No one is turned away due to financial reasons.

To register for Girls on the Run, visit www.girlsontheruncenva.org or call 434-528-3767.

For other questions about the program in Halifax, contact Kristen Zerbato, executive director at the YMCA, at kzerbato@ymcashr.org or 343-572-8909.