What is the mission?
To educate and prepare girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living.
What are the program goals?
• Reduce the potential display of at-risk activities among participants, including eating disorders, teen pregnancy, substance abuse, and depression
• Provide positive, healthy images of girls and women through quality and life-changing programming
• Encourage physical as well as emotional, mental, and character development for participants
• Promote an environment that allows girls and women to reach their full potential
How is the curriculum structured?
The curriculum encompasses the following 3 concepts:
Weeks 1 - 3: All About Me – Getting to know who I am and what I stand for
Weeks 4-7: Building My Team - Understanding the importance of cooperation
Weeks 8-10: Community Begins with Me - Learning about community and developing a community project
Each training session is structured as followed:
The session begins with a getting-on-board and warm-up activity that focuses on the day's topic. The warm-up is followed by a stretching routine that allows for a topic-related question and answer time. Then, during the workout period, the girls participate in a variety of running activities that utilize a game or a team goal. Afterwards, cool-down stretching is combined with participant asked and answered questions. Each session closes with positive words from the girls' coach regarding individual and group behaviors.
How do the participants benefit?
Girls complete the program with a stronger sense of identity, a greater acceptance of themselves, a healthier body image, and an understanding of what it means to be part of a team. They also benefit from support provided by a positive peer group and role models.
Pre- and post-program academic evaluations conducted in 2001 and 2005 found that the GOTR curriculum improved self-esteem, body size satisfaction, and physical activity behaviors to a statistically significant extent.