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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 who facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to program participants. This position is a 12-week commitment for either one or two days a week.

REQUIREMENTS & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Attend an info meeting
  • Complete a background check
  • Participate in a half-day GOTR coach training and a one hour on-line training
  • CPR and First Aid certification class
  • Pick up and return all curriculum materials
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K
  • Plan team’s end of season party
  • Have fun!

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.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Junior Coach must be 16-18 years old
  • Must be a high school student
  • Attend Girls on the Run coach training
  • Able to attend practices once or twice per week
  • Have fun!

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
  • Lead activities with assistance and supervision of the coaches
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K

Site Liaison Overview

As a Site Liaison, you will serve as the point of contact for the Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole team at your site. The Site Liaison supports the coaches at their program site and serves as the coordinator between the site administration, the coaching team and Girls on the Run.

REQUIREMENTS & RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Attend an info meeting
  • Complete site application
  • Assist with recruiting three coaches for the site
  • Recruit program participants and advertise the program and end-of-season 5k
  • Act as primary contact with Girls on the Run staff and site administration throughout the season
  • Meet with coaches prior to the start of the season
  • Site liaison can also be a coach

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