Every girl has a dream to be a princess, to be happy, and to be healthy. Every girl wants to be accepted and loved. Yet, our world is sending negative and self-destructive messages to young girls. Centennial, Inc. admires Girls on the Run, a non-profit organization fighting against today’s unhealthy and unrealistic expectations for girls. Founded in 1996 by Molly Barker, Girls on the Run has evolved into an international organization focusing on inspiring girls to celebrate their unique identities, recognize their inner strength, understand the power they have to make individual decision and value their connectedness with others.
As GOTR is building confidence through accomplishment in our Cincinnati community, they are inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy and confident by using fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. They envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.
Through their elementary and middle school programs, GOTR is working with young girls over the course of a semester in an after school program. The curriculum includes lessons that encourage positive emotional, social, mental, and physical development. The first step is helping the girls understand who are they as well as what is important to them. From there, GOTR emphasizes team work and healthy relationships. Every piece of the program is centered on running, which is highlighted in the GOTR 5K that every girl in the program completes. “Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.”
As Josie says, “Girls on the Run could make any girl fearless, because when you’re surrounded by people you trust, respect and care for, nothing can hold you back from being the most beautiful person you have grown to be.” Centennial encourages you to help advance this cause that is building up the next generation of women leaders.