Girls on the Run is a physical activity–based positive youth development (PA-PYD) program designed to teach life skills through running and other physical activities. The first 13 girls participated in Girls on the Run in 1996, and the organization served its one millionth girl in 2015. The program provides an avenue for third- through eighth-grade girls to develop social, psychological, and physical competencies during out-of-school time. This entry gives an overview of the Girls on the Run philosophy, process, and impact; describes the intentionally designed curriculum; outlines the volunteer coach training; and summarizes evaluation findings.

The Girls on the Run program teaches physical skills and social and psychological life skills concurrently, with an emphasis on the transfer of skills from Girls on the Run to ...

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