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Coaches are parents, teachers, school administrators, college students and other community members who volunteer their time to developing and celebrating our girls.

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Coach Overview

Coaches are volunteers (parents, teachers, school administrators, site staff and community volunteers) who facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to program participants. This position entails approximately 2-4 hours per week for a 12-week commitment.

Community coaches are individuals not directly affiliated with a school or site who support the Girls on the Run mission and want to coach. Community coaches are placed according to their geographic location and their availability at sites that need additional coach volunteers. Community coaches are required to attend a volunteer meeting. We cannot guarantee placement of community coaches.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Submit online coach application form each season
  • Complete background check every two years, provided by Girls on the Run
  • Complete online training and in-person training
  • Attend a CPR and First Aid certification class
  • Attend practices once or twice per week
  • Community coaches must attend a volunteer information meeting

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Prepare, organize and supervise weekly lessons
  • Collaborate with other coaches for successful lesson delivery
  • Participate in games and workouts with the girls
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K with your team
  • Plan and coordinate your team’s end of season party
  • Understand and believe in the mission of Girls on the Run

 

Junior Coach Overview

The Junior Coach is a volunteer position for high school students to assist the coaches at a Girls on the Run program site. The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for a 10-week commitment. Two adult coaches must be present.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Junior coach must be 16-18 years old
  • Must be a female and a high school student
  • Complete online training and in-person training
  • Attend practices once or twice per week

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Assist with setting up and breaking down of games and lessons
  • Participate in games and workouts with the girls
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K
  • Understand and believe in the mission of Girls on the Run
 

Site Liaison Overview

Site Liaisons serve as the point of contact for the Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole team at their site. The Site Liaison recruits and supports the coaches and girls at their program site and serves as the coordinator between the site administration, the coaching team and Girls on the Run. Site liaison can also be a coach.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Attend a Site Liaison meeting
  • Complete a new site interest form
  • Submit all required forms by their deadline each season
  • Complete background check every two years, provided by Girls on the Run
  • Complete online and in-person training

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Attend an annual Girls on the Run webinar
  • Complete seasonal site registration form 
  • Recruit coaches for your site
  • Recruit program participants
  • Act as primary contact with coaches, participant’s families and Girls on the Run
  • Coordinate curriculum supply pick-up and return with coaching staff
  • Meet with coaching team prior to the start of the season
  • Ensure the team roster is correct and complete throughout the season
  • Coordinate 5k communications and logistics for your team
  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Understand and believe in the Girls on the Run mission

RSVP for Upcoming Info Meeting (New Coaches & Site Liaisons)

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I choose the site where I coach?

If you are not a teacher or relative of a girl at an existing site, select “Not affiliated with a site” on the application. Program managers will follow up with you about your time and location preferences.

WHAT IS THE GROUP SIZE?

Girls on the Run requires three coaches per team and a minimum of two coaches (one 21 or older) at each site per practice. The team size is 8-15 participants. If a site would like to host more than one team, they will need to establish a separate group of coaches and meeting days/times. Please complete a separate site application for each team.

DO COACH DAUGHTERS AUTOMATICALLY RECEIVE A SPOT ON THE TEAM?

Yes, coaches have the opportunity to register their daughters in advance of program lottery registration and receive a discount.

DO I HAVE TO BE A RUNNER?

You don’t need to be a runner or have previous coaching experience – just the passion to change the lives of young girls.

WHAT IS THE FEE FOR THE PROGRAM?

Girls on the Run uses an income-based sliding scale so that every girl who wants to participate can. Registration fees are on a sliding scale from $25 – $170. (*Fulton County sites are $180.) 

The cost of the program includes:

  • 90-minute session twice a week for 12 weeks
  • Lesson handouts and materials
  • T-shirt and water bottle
  • Girls on the Run 5K registration and applicable race expenses – 5k finisher’s medal and t-shirt, refreshments, signage, medical and police personnel, venue rental
  • End-of-season certificates and awards
  • Girls on the Run coach training and certification
  • General liability insurance
  • All administrative assistance to coaches, sites, girls and parents
  • Nationally recognized curriculum developed by adolescent psychologists 
ARE THERE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE?

We believe in the limitless potential of each girl and will never turn away a girl based on financial need. Financial assistance is available during registration on a sliding scale starting at $25.

Full scholarships are available to a limited number of teams at schools or facilities with 70% or more students receiving free or reduced lunch.

Full-team scholarships are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. To apply:

  1. Complete the online Site Application – emailed to you after you attend one of the monthly info meetings
  2. Provide a letter on school or organization letterhead stating the school’s free/reduced lunch percentage for the academic year of application, signed by the principal or director
  3. Pay the $150 site fee per team, per season. This fee can be paid at the site’s discretion by individuals or the site itself.
     

Girls on the Run of Atlanta is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization. Scholarships are made possible through donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and community organizations. Scholarship availability is based on the dollars raised to support our program and cannot be guaranteed.

Girls on the Run of Atlanta
1904 Monroe Drive
Suite 100
Atlanta, GA 30324

(404) 478-6558

info@girlsontherunatlanta.org