Girls on the Run coaches are enthusiastic, dedicated and positive women and men of all different backgrounds. Some are athletes and some are not, but all are committed to empowering girls with valuable life lessons. Coaching goals include educating and inspiring girls to live healthy lives, creating a fun and uplifting atmosphere that inspires girls to enjoy running and the program lessons. You volunteer to lead groups of 8-15 3rd - 8th grade girls in activities and lessons that creatively incorporate running, once or twice a week for 10 weeks. We have coaching opportunities at sites throughout the Eastern Iowa area--visit our website at http://www.girlsontheruniowa.org/locations/program-sites for a list of locations and practice days/times.
You don't have to be a runner to be a Girls on the Run coach!
Head coaches must be women ages 21+ who understand and believe in the mission of GOTR. This is a 3-4 hours per week commitment for the 10-week season and first-time head coaches must attend coaches training, prepare, organize and supervise two weekly lessons, become CPR/first-aid certified, help organize Running Buddies for each girl, and attend the end-of-season 5K to assist and cheer on your girls.
Assistant coaches can be male or female ages 18+ who understand and believe in the mission of GOTR. This is a 2-4 hour per week commitment for the 10-week season and first-time assistant coaches must attend coaches training, assist the Head Coach as directed, attend weekly lessons, and attend the end-of-season 5K to assist and cheer on your girls.
Coaches must possess the following:
• Ability to work well with a team of coaches
• Interest and/or experience working with and mentoring youth
• Excellent communication skills
• Willingness to value the needs of girls from all backgrounds
• Ability to improvise and be flexible as needed
• Willingness and comfort in addressing and resolving conflict
• Commitment to leading a healthy, balanced lifestyle
Coaches are expected to honor the Girls on the Run core values, which include:
• We live our lives with gratitude
• We positively assert ourselves
• We live outside the “Girl Box” (a restrictive and toxic notion of “girl” that is dictated by media and culture)
• We are honest
• We are open-minded
• We strive to improve our self-awareness
• We maintain balance in our lives
• We are tobacco and drug-free
• We seek the positive in life’s challenges
• We make our best effort always
• We live with intention and appreciation in the present
Coaches are expected to believe in and support our mission, which is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Prior to the beginning of the season:
• submit background check information (returning coaches must submit background checks every 2 years)
• Attend ONE of our mandatory coaching training sessions:
- Saturday, August 19th 10am-3pm at the Coralville Public Library
- Saturday, August 26th 9am-2pm at the Grant Wood AEA in Cedar Rapids
- Sunday, August 27th 9am-2pm at North Liberty Community Center
During the season (starts week of September 4, 2017):
• prepare and lead lessons 1-2 days a week
• communicate with GOTR and your co-coaches regularly
• celebrate the girls at the Girls on the Run 5K in mid-November!