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Volunteer with Girls On The Run

5k Volunteering

Interested in joining our Girls on the Run® community but can’t quite commit to the entire season? Join us at our bi-annual 5k experiences as a 5k Volunteer! This is a unique opportunity to engage with our program participants, meet new people and celebrate what Girls on the Run® is all about during an inspiring, culminating event. Major responsibilities include: commitment to a joyful and encouraging attitude with a strong will to share it with others.   Click here for Volunteer Application!

They Call Me COACH!

Enjoy the Girls on the Run® experience of receiving hugs, giving energy awards and developing self respect in third through eighth grade girls. Your coach role will unleash your inner potential to prepare the minds of our youth, build positive relationships and free your positive energy. Join our movement towards establishing a healthier community by activating your coaching role.  Click here for coach application!

Head Coach

The Head Coach is a volunteer position that works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run® curriculum to program participants. This position entails approximately four hours per week for a 10-week commitment. Major responsibilities include: preparing, organizing, and supervising the weekly lessons; leading the program participants through each lesson; coaching program participants on proper stretching, running form, hydration and sports nutrition; attending the Girls on the Run® 5k with program participants and their family; facilitating communication with parents/guardians of program participants; planning and coordinating the team’s end of season party, and understanding and believing in the mission of the organization by acting as a spokesperson for the program. 

Assistant Coach

The Assistant Coach assists the Head Coach at a Girls on the Run® program site while serving as a role model and mentor for program participants. The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for a 10-week commitment. Major responsibilities include: attending program sessions on a consistent basis; setting-up/breaking down of games and lessons; encouraging and cheering for all participants; participating in games and workouts as needed; attending the Girls on the Run® 5k with program participants and their family, and understanding and believing in the mission of the organization.

Junior Coach

The Junior Coach is a volunteer position for individuals under 18 years of age to assist the Head and Assistant Coaches at a Girls on the Run® program site. The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for a 10-week commitment. Major responsibilities include: attending program sessions on a consistent basis; assisting with setting-up/breaking down of games and lessons; providing one-on-one attention to program participants; if desired, leading an activity with assistance and supervision of the Head Coach, and understanding and believing in the mission of the organization.

Site Liaison 

The Site Liaison is responsible for the management of a specific Girls on the Run site. This volunteer works with the GOTR program coordinator to prepare for the upcoming GOTR season, they market the program at the site, they communicate with the coaches at the site and they are the primary GOTR contact at the site.  

Coach Responsibilities & Time Commitments

Teams meet two times per week before or after school for 75-90 minutes and are led by two coaches, whom we train. Coaches may indicate a preference for the site at which they would like to coach. If coaches do not have a preference, we will assign them to a location in need of volunteers.

We will provide a thorough training for our coaches.  Training will cover organizational policies, procedures and "sneak-peaks" at various lessons within our curriculum.  Tips on communicating and motivating girls/adolescents will also be covered during training.  Valuable life lessons, specifically targeted for this age group, will be modeled after the familiar premises of self-respect, team and community.  The program finishes with a celebration event that includes a 5K run/walk. Girls on the Run strives for consistency in its programming, providing the best possible experience for each girl. Our coaches are the most integral part of making that happen. We ask that you truly consider the requirements listed below prior to making the commitment to be a coach mentor to a team of young girls.

  • All new coaches are required to attend a New Coach Training
  • All Head Coaches are required to have current First Aid CPR AED Certification
  • Attend one to two mandatory coach meetings during the season
  • Prepare for and supervise lessons in a manner consistent with the Girls on the Run of Charlotte philosophy and curricula; this includes attending every practice for the duration of the season
  • Serve as a role model for the girls and encourage the girls at all times
  • Wait at the school following all practices until all girls have been picked up
  • Lead the girls in the coordination of a community service project
  • Participate with the girls in the end of season 5k run/walk
  • Plan and coordinate the end of season celebration for the team—to be held before or after the 5k event

Click Here for Application!