Girls on the Run of Snohomish County (GOTR) is looking for dedicated individuals to serve as coaches and mentors during the spring season, April 18 – June 13, 2022. The nonprofit is looking for volunteer coaches to facilitate the Girls’ Grades 3 to 8 program in Snohomish County. No experience is necessary and coach education, curriculum, coaching supplies and support are provided to volunteers.
While coaches serve as positive mentors and role models for program participants, it also benefits volunteers. “Even though I’m here to help them learn, girls teach me a lot,” said Mandy Enselman, a longtime Girls on the Run volunteer. “I really like how the GOTR program teaches many interesting techniques that girls can also use in the future, especially with communication, working with others, and emotional awareness.”
According to an announcement by the organization, Girls on the Run is a positive youth development program based on physical activity that inspires girls in grades 3 to 8 to be happy, healthy and confident. The eight-week program integrates physical activity to teach essential life skills and provide socio-emotional learning, including personal development, making meaningful connections with others as well as contributing to community – activities and skills that are necessary and valuable in post-pandemic recovery efforts.
Volunteer coaches use a structured program to engage teams of elementary and high school girls in fun, interactive lessons. The teams meet twice a week during the eight week season and the program ends with a 5 km run.
“It’s important to us that our coaches reflect the girls we serve and we encourage members of our community, who may not be connected to a particular school, to get involved. You have so much to give to the youth of our community, ”said Executive Director Megan Wolfe. “Coaches don’t have to be runners. We love that our coaching teams show girls a variety of ways to be healthy, whether it’s running, walking or whatever.
Coaches must commit to attending practice twice a week during the season. Coaches do not need to be athletes but must be at least 18 years old. Coaches are required to complete a background check and complete coach education. Junior coach positions are available to high school students aged 16 to 18.
For more information on Snohomish County’s Coaching and Girls on the Run, visit www.GirlsontheRunSnoCo.org.