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.
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.
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Heart & Sole (Version 2) Curriculum Overview
Lesson 1: You are Here
Lesson 2: Team Strengths
Lesson 3: My Girl Wheel
Lesson 4: Goals
Lesson 5: Girl Wheel Goals
Lesson 6: Experiencing Emotions
Lesson 7: Press Pause
Lesson 8: Other People's Wheels
Lesson 9: Resolving Conflict
Lesson 10: Friendships
Lesson 11: Romantic Relationships
Lesson 12: Stress
Lesson 13: Asking For & Giving Help
Lesson 14: Power & Agency
Lesson 15: Stretching Ourselves
Lesson 16: Practice 5K
Lesson 17: Connection
Lesson 18: Impact
Lesson 19: Here I Am
Lesson 20: Reflection
Girls on the Run 5K: All teams will participate in the annual Girls on the Run 5K at Vasona Park in Los Gatos the Saturday after Mother's Day.
The Final Celebration (Lesson 21) takes places immediately after the 5K or at your next, and final, lesson the week following the 5K.