Girls on the Run program receives $20K grant from Rite Aid

January 21, 2019

The Girls on the Run Delaware after-school program has been awarded a $20,000 grant from the Rite Aid Foundation as part of Rite Aid’s ongoing commitment to improving the lives of children. This grant will support more girls in achieving the benefits of the GOTR program.

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors to help them successfully navigate life experiences. The program focuses on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. The life skills curriculum is delivered by caring coaches in a safe and inclusive environment. The synergy of its research-based curriculum, trained coaches and a commitment to serve all girls sets GOTR apart from other after-school programs.

An independent study found that the program is highly effective at driving transformative and lasting change in the lives of third- to eighth-grade girls. Some 97 percent of participants said they learned critical life skills at GOTR, such as how to resolve conflict, manage emotions, help others and make intentional decisions, that they are using at home, at school and with their friends.

“Girls on the Run envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams,” said GOTRDE Executive Director Kim Chitty. “In 2018 alone, 2,527 girls across the State of Delaware benefited from our life-changing program. And, since 2005, over 19,000 girls have participated. This grant from the Rite Aid Foundation will help move this vision forward by providing opportunities for more girls.”

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