Story last updated at 11/28/2012 - 3:16 pm
AWARE is celebrating the completion of the Fall 2012 Girls on the Run season in Juneau.
More than 40 3rd-8th grade girls from Gastineau Elementary, Harborview Elementary, Montessori Borealis, and Floyd Dryden have been participating in the 12 week curriculum, which ends with all participants walking or running a 5K on Dec. 1st at the Dimond Park Field House.
Please show them support on Dec. 1 at 10 a.m. for their accomplishments this season.
The process of setting the goal of completing a 5K, working toward it, and then completing it alongside their teammates, family and friends is very empowering to these young girls. The 5K is a celebratory event with pre-run festivities including face and hair painting, poster making, music and cheering.
In Juneau, Girls on the Run is partially funded by the Citizens of the City and Borough of Juneau through sales tax revenues.
The hope is that Girls On The Run empowers these young girls with a greater sense of self-awareness, a sense of achievement, a foundation in team building and a commitment to enhancing their communities, all in order to help them become strong, healthy, confident women.
The mission of the Girls on The Run program is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
The Girls on the Run curriculum engages girls to effectively problem solve and remain strong during adolescence. Topics include body image and the media, resisting peer-pressure, making healthy decisions, and contributing to the community. AWARE began Girls on the Run of Southeast Alaska in 2007 as one of their prevention strategies to work with youth to stop violence before it starts.
To find out more about Girls on the Run, please contact Julie O'Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org , call 586-6623, or visit www.girlsontherun.org