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Volunteer coaches work directly with the 6th-8th grade girls in Heart & Sole program by leading the girls through fun and active lessons & preparing them for the non-competitive 5K event at the end of the season! Coaches do not have to be runners! Read our Coach-Position-Description.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Heart & Sole?
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. Physical activity is woven through the program as a learning mechanism and a way for girls to experience goal setting and achievement.
The 10-week 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, asking for and providing help, and more.
Do coaches have to create lessons or is there an established curriculum?
Coaches do not create lessons. Coaches facilitate an easy-to-follow, well-researched, copyrighted curriculum that is used by all Girls on the Run councils throughout the United States and Canada.
What are the lessons like?
The “Girl Wheel” is the central concept of the program. In each lesson, girls participate in activities related to the Girl Wheel components: body, brain, heart, spirit and social. The wheel helps demonstrate the parts of themselves that impact their lives, their families, their schools and their neighborhoods. Girls learn to use the girl wheel to identify areas of themselves they’d like to nurture and ways they can contribute to change around them. The lessons are organized around themes, and the girls are encouraged to steer discussion to specific topics that matter to them. Girls also use a Heart & Sole journal for reflection and goal tracking.
The physical activity element of practices includes strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. The season culminates with the Girls on the Run 5k, a celebratory event that underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they’ve been developing and reinforces that big things are possible when you keep moving forward!
What kind of support do coaches get?
Girls on the Run of Puget Sound provides a facilitated training session on the Heart & Sole curriculum. Every coach also gets a coach kit that includes the Heart & Sole curriculum guide. The guide contains written walkthroughs of each lesson with tips to help you manage your time, lead the activities and make the most of each practice. You’ll have access to additional support on the Girls on the Run Coach Portal (http://coach.girlsontherun.org) including instruction videos, creative ideas and more!
Do coaches have to be runners?
No, coaches do not have to be runners. Any woman who lives a healthy lifestyle and is committed to improving the lives of girls can serve as a coach.
When is the program offered and how long is the program?
Our program occurs in the Spring (February – May). The season is 12 weeks long.
How many girls and coaches are in each group?
There are 8-15 girls and 2-3 coaches in each group.
What days and times does the program meet?
Each group meets twice a week for 90 minutes after school during the 10-week program season. The days they meet vary from group to group. Each group generally meets between the 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm time frame.
Where does the program take place?
Our program takes places at schools and community centers throughout King County.
What are the start and end dates for the spring 2016 season?
Starts: Either Monday, February 29th or Tuesday, March 1st, depending on the days the program meets.
Ends: Either Monday, May 16th or Tuesday, May 17th, depending on the days the program meets.
5K: The Girls on the Run 5K will take place on Saturday, May 7th. Coaches attend the event from 8:00am-11:30pm. The actual 5K starts at 9:30am.
How do I become a coach?
To become a coach, apply online or fill out out a paper application. Online applications preferred. New coaches are required to attend a 5 hour training and must consent to a background check.
What is the expected time commitment for coaches?
During the program season, coaches should expect to volunteer an average of 4-6 hours per week. This includes: 3 hours of practice, time on-site before and after practice, commute to program site, curriculum preparation, snack purchasing/preparation, as well as communication with coach team, girls’ families, and GOTR staff.
What are the requirements and responsibilities for coaches?
Coach requirements and responsibilities can be found on the Coach Position Description.
What is the difference between a Lead Coach and a Co-Coach?
We encourage all coaches for the same group to work together as a team by sharing certain responsibilities. However, there are certain duties that must be designated to and led by one coach. You can view the different and similar responsibilities on the coach position description.
If I have further questions about coaching, who do I contact?
If you have further questions about coaching, please contact Katie Glenn, Program Manager, at 206-528-2118 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
If I have further questions about the program, who do I contact?
If you have further questions about the program, we suggest reading the Our Program section on our website. Also, you may want to read more about the program on the website for Girls on the Run International. If you would like to speak with a staff member about the program, please email email@example.com or call 206-528-2118.