Spring Season to Launch April 1

Somerville, NJ  January 23, 2019 - - Girls on the Run of Central NJ (GOTRCNJ) will be accepting new site and volunteer coach applications through March 15 in an effort to provide this life-changing after-school program to more girls in Monmouth County.  Both men and women are invited to volunteer, and you don’t have to be a runner.  Just bring your energy and enthusiasm.

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Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program that is designed to enhance girls’ social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. The program’s life skills curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. The lessons are delivered by trained and caring volunteers in a safe and inclusive environment. It is the combination of the research-based curriculum, trained volunteers and a commitment to empower the next generation of young girls that sets Girls on the Run apart from other after-school programs.

The ten-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5K event, which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Girls on the Run has served over 1.6 million girls since its inception in 1996.

To learn more about starting a new Girls on the Run site, or to volunteer, contact Council Director, Donna York, at or go to


About Girls on the Run of Central NJ

Girls on the Run of Central NJ is a nonprofit organization serving 2,000 girls in Camden, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset counties. Over the course of the ten-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. Girls on the Run was recently included as a top research-based program in a Social-Emotional Learning Guide developed by researchers at Harvard University and has been recognized by the National Afterschool Association (NAA) as one of the most influential after-school programs in the nation. For more information go to