We are now accepting 2014 Site Applications! All applications are due by no later than September 15, 2013.
Click HERE for the 2014 Site Application.
Girls on the Run of Silicon Valley is committed to bringing the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run and Girls on Track to more girls throughout Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties each year.
Each year, we add a limited number of new Girls on the Run and Girls on Track sites. Consideration as a potential Girls on the Run or Girls on Track site is based on our Readiness to Participate criteria (see below) and accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Site applications for the 2014 season may be turned in anytime beginning June 1, 2013, and must be received by no later than September 15, 2013. (Site applications are not considered complete until all accompanying coach applications have also been submitted.) Our 2014 program sites will be determined and announced by mid-October 2013.
See below for a list of steps to become a NEW program site for our 2014 season.
If you will be a RETURNING site in our 2014 season, please visit our Continuing a Program page more information and instructions. To learn more about coaching, visit our Become a Coach page.
Questions? Contact Program Director Miyoko Beetem.
Readiness to Participate
Girls on the Run provides almost everything needed to run a Girls on the Run or Girls on Track program, but each site has the following responsibilities:
- Provide three coaches (one head coach and two assistant coaches per team of up to 15 girls; new sites are limited to one team of up to 15 girls) who commit to full-time coaching (coaching at BOTH lessons EACH week for the entirety of the season). All coaches must go through GOTRSV Coach Training (new coaches must complete a one-hour, online training and attend a five-hour, in-person training; returning coaches must complete a one-hour, online training) and authorize a background check and reference checks. Becoming a coach is a VOLUNTEER commitment. One coach per site must be certified in both CPR and First Aid.
- Provide a safe, dedicated space for outdoor running. THIS IS ESSENTIAL. The space does not have to be a track; a field or large blacktop area is fine. It should be away from other activities and distractions. You should be able to measure distances. Access to water and bathrooms is also required.
- Provide a rainy-day location. Your rainy-day space should ONLY be used on rainy days. It must be a RESERVED indoor private space, preferably a gym reserved for Girls on the Run and NOT in conflict with any other program. It may also be a classroom, depending on the number of participants.
- Choose two days each week for the program to meet for one hour and 15 minutes each lesson.
- Meet with and receive permission and approval from the school principal to deliver the Girls on the Run or Girls on Track program at the school on the days and times you have selected.
- Communicate with the program participants and their parents/guardians to promote the program and program registration (through submitting blurbs to the school newsletter, setting up an after-school information table, etc.) and to communicate with them about the program (through email, phone calls, etc.) throughout the season.
Steps to Become a NEW 2014 Girls on the Run or Girls on Track Site
- Review the Readiness to Participate criteria (listed above).
- Use the optional 2014 New Site Application Worksheet to gather all required information before completing the online 2014 Site Application. (This is not required but is only a tool for you to use in preparation of completing the online application.)
- Ensure all coaches (including the head coach) have completed their online 2014 Coach Applications by no later than September 15, 2013.
Once we have received a completed site application (which includes all accompanying coach applications), we will be in touch with the head coach, the school, and the school district to determine whether we can accept the site for the 2014 season. All 2014 program sites will be determined and applicants will be notified by mid-October 2013 at the latest. We try to accept as many new schools as we can, however, we are limited in the number of new sites we can accept each year. If we are not able to start a program at your site for the 2014 season, please do reapply in future years!