by Senior Airman Katrina M. Brisbin
22nd Air Refueling Wing Public Affairs
2/15/2013 - MCCONNELL AIR FORCE BASE, Kan. -- A
new nationwide program to help develop, maintain and foster confidence
of young girls kicks off at McConnell AFB Feb. 26, 2013, at the Youth
Girls on the Run a is youth development program which combines an
interactive curriculum centered around running to help inspire
self-respect and healthy lifestyles in pre-teen girls. The core
curriculum addresses several aspects of young girls' development
including their physical, emotional, mental and social well-being.
"We inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun,
experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running," said
1st Lt. Aisha Locket, 22nd Force Support Squadron sustainment flight
commander and GOTR site liaison.
The program for third to fifth grade girls includes running workouts and
games that teach life skills and prepares participants for a 5K run and
A three-part curriculum is taught by certified GOTR coaches and includes
topics including understanding ourselves, valuing teamwork and
understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
The first eight lessons are centered on the girls getting to know
themselves by examining their values, their likes and dislikes and who
they envision themselves to be. The next section concentrates on team
building, being supportive and learning to listen and cooperate. The
final section relates to the world at large, which includes making a
contribution to the local community and learning to recognize and deal
with the negative messages often received from the world.
"This program helps young girls break free from that box by building
their confidence and recognizing that each girl is a unique and special
individual who doesn't have to be like anyone else," said 2nd Lt.
Paulina Rudolph, 22nd FSS Airman and Family Services deputy flight
commander and GOTR secondary site liaison. "It allows the girls to
shatter stereotypes at an early age and develop a strong sense of self
and accomplishment through running."
At the end of the ten week, program participants will join the rest of Sedgwick County to participate in a 5K run.
"Girls on the Run is a lot more than a running program," said Molly
Barker, GOTR founder. "I believe it will lead to an entire generation of
girls living peacefully and happily outside of the girl box."
Additional information is available at girlsontherunks.org.