6th – 8th Grade Programs
At Girls on the Run, we believe that adolescents bring a lot to the table. We also know that girls at this age often sort through conflicting messages about their worth, their abilities and their value. Our middle school programs help girls develop the skills to tune into their own truths and to unleash their power to live confidently and joyfully.
Beginning fall 2015, Girls on the Run of Central Illinois will be offering Heart & Sole instead of Girls on Track. See below for information on both programs and for a comparison and features of both.
Heart & Sole
Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run’s new program for middle school girls! Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond.
The Heart & Sole curriculum is rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection—and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, decision making, asking for and providing help, and more.
This 10-week program is accessible to all girls regardless of athletic ability or fitness level and considers the range of ages and varied experiences of middle schoolers. Physical activity includes strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. The season culminates with the Girls on the Run 5k, which is the celebratory event that underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they’ve been developing in the program and gives them a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement.
To read more information about Heart & Sole, click this link: One-Page Overview
To see a .pdf of how Heart & Sole meets the needs of girls adolescents, click this link: How Heart Sole Meets Needs
To see the image below as a .pdf, click this link: Comparison Sheet