A recent study shows the average American girl's self-esteem peaks at age nine … and then plummets. Diminishing confidence makes every hurdle – in friendships, school, and home life – more difficult. But each year, Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia teaches 5,000 girls in grades 3-8 that they are strong, healthy, and ready for any challenge. At 150 sites (including 19 Title 1 schools), trained volunteer coaches lead girls through a 10-week season of interactive lessons and running clinics. The research-based curriculum addresses the “whole girl,” inspiring healthy habits and choices that impact emotional and social well-being, as well as physical health. A take-home guide helps parents reinforce positive messages and initiate important conversations. And at the culminating, region-wide 5K fun run, families cheer for the girls from the sidelines – or even run beside them. Regardless of background or income level, girls emerge from the program more likely to engage in exercise, and with higher self-esteem. A track record of 50,000 runners in 15 years is beyond impressive. Let’s keep it going strong.

Headquarters: VA-Fairfax County

Where They Operate: VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church

Age Groups Served: Youth (5-11); Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls

Schools They Work In: Antietam; Arcola; Arlington Science Focus; Armstrong; Ashlawn; Barcroft; Belle View; Blessed Sacrament; Bonnie Brae; Brookfield; Buffalo Trail; Bull Run; Burgundy Farm Country Day; Bush Hill; Buzz Aldrin; Camelot; Campbell ; Canterbury Woods; Cardinal Forest ; Cardinal Ridge; Catoctin; Cedar Point; Centre Ridge; Centreville; Chesterbrook; Churchill Road; Columbia ; Colvin Run ; Cool Spring; Countryside; Crossfield; Cunningham Park ; Daniels Run; Discovery; Dogwood; Douglas MacArthur; Drew Model ; Fairfax Villa; Farmwell Station; Flint Hill; Floris ; Forest Edge ; Fox Mill; Francis C. Hammond ; Franklin Sherman; Fredrick Douglass; Freedom Hill; Gesher Jewish Day School; Glenkirk; Greenbriar East; Greenbriar West; Gunston; Hayfield; Hillside; Horizon; Hybla Valley ; Island Creek; James K. Polk; Jamestown; Jennie Dean; Kenmore ; Kent Gardens; Kilby ; Lake Anne ; Lane; Langley School; Laurel Hill; Laurel Ridge; Legacy; Lemon Road ; Liberty; Little Run; Loch Lomond; London Towne; Long Branch; Lorton Station; Loudoun Country Day; Louise Archer; Lovettsville; Lowes Island; Lutie Lewis Coates; Lutie Lewis Coates; Lyles-Crouch; Marsteller Middle; Martin Luther King, Jr. ; Marumsco Hills ; Mary Ellen Henderson Middle; Mary Williams; Matthew Maury (partnership with Campagna Kids); Mayfield Intermediate; McKinley; Merritt Academy; Montclair; Montessori School of Mclean; Navy; Newington Forest ; Nottingham; Oak Hill ; Oak View; Oakton; Oakwood Middle; Occoquan; Old Bridge; Olde Creek; Orange Hunt; Patrick Henry ; Pattie; Poplar Tree; Potomac School; Potomac View; Potowmack ; Providence; Reston Montessori; Riverside ; Rolling Ridge; Rolling Valley ; Rosa Lee Carter; Rosa Parks; Samuel Tucker (partnership with Campagna Kids); Saratoga Middle; Shrevewood; Signal Hill; Silverbrook; Sinclair; St. Agnes ; St. James; St. Leo the Great; St. Louis ; St. Mark ; St. Theresa ; St. Veronica; Stenwood; Stratford Landing ; Sycolin Creek; T. Clay Wood; Taylor; Terra Centre ; The Key School; Thomas Jefferson; Thurgood Marshall; Tuckahoe; Vaughan; Wakefield Forest; Waples Mill ; Waynewood ; Weems ; West Gate; Westbriar ; White Oaks; Williamsburg; Yorkshire

Awards & Recognition

Received top prize for Capacity Building at Girls on the Run of Summit for our Strategic Plan design, 2013
Fairfax County Chamber of Commerce Non-Profit of the Year, 2013

Press

Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Girls on the Run of Northern Virginia is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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