SPARTA, NJ - Girls on the Run will launch an all new middle school program this fall called Heart  Sole.  The Heart and Sole program includes a research based curriculum structured to meet the specific needs of middle school girls throughout the region. The program is guided by coaches, however, led by the girls themselves.  Some of the topics covered include;

  • Team-building
  • Creating a support system
  • Boundary setting
  • Making connections & friendships
  • Goal setting
  • Problem solving
  • Emotional regulation
  • Standing up for themselves and others
  • Self-care
  • Overcoming obstacles
  • Decision making
  • Asking for and providing help

The curriculum addresses the whole girl encouraging a self-awareness including body, brain, heart, spirit, and social aspects, recognizing that these components may be different for each girl. Each session provides an opportunity for individual leadership skills to be honed, while the coach guides them.

“We are thrilled to be implementing this new program that focuses on adolescent development that is girl led and structured to foster independence within our girls”, said Vikki Szabo, Girls on the Run NJ North Communication Specialist.

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Physical activity remains a core element of the Girls on the Run program.  The Heart and Sole curriculum will include training for a 5k in addition to strength and conditioning sessions that are age appropriate.

At the end of the 10 week program, the girls will participate in a 5K on Saturday, November 14.  Closed to the public, this race is a family friendly event that creates a supportive environment for the girls.  There will be a DJ, post-race refreshments, and cheer zones.

Girls on the Run New Jersey North will kick off its eighth season this spring.  Registration for all Girls on the Run programs is now open at Girls from all over the area are invited to register. The fall session will begin September 8.   Due to the high demand for the program, early registration is encouraged.

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