Girls on the Run is a non-profit organization that seeks to create a world where girls can dream big and achieve their potential. Across the country, local committees meet twice a week after school to teach a curriculum to based on three things: “understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.” Running serves as an important aspect of their program, not only to teach girls about the importance of health and fitness, but also to build confidence. Peyton partnered with the program because it gives her an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of adolescent girls firsthand.
If you want to be involved, check out girlsontherun.org to find your closest council, and sign up today! Whether you want to run a 5K, volunteer your time, or start your very own branch, getting involved with Girls On The Run is super-simple.
Girls on the Run is an organization that believes every girl can embrace who she is. It’s all about girl empowerment. I’ve volunteered for different things before, but I didn’t get to work hands-on. I thought this program sounded wonderful because I could go in and work with girls face-to-face.
I go to schools in LA and I teach lessons. I run with the girls and teach them things about bullying and gossip. For instance, we’d play things like telephone, where you can actually see how words get twisted. To make the running fun, we run a lap, answer a question, and do it all over again.
I work with elementary- and middle school-age girls. I wish I had something like this when I was in middle school, because I knew a lot of catty girls. It’s awesome because I’ll go to a school and the coaches won’t have told them I’m coming, so they just start screaming and freaking out. It’s so nice that, because of my show, I can really make a difference.
That is so wonderful!!!