January Girl Hero

January Girl Hero

Superstar Supporter and Veteran Coach, Jia Yu!


We are thrilled to honor Jia Yu as our girl hero this month! Jia has been involved with GOTR Puget Sound since 2015 and previously volunteered for Girls on the Run Bay Area. She began coaching with us in the Fall 2015 and since that time, she has helped more than 60 Puget Sound girls learn valuable life skills and envision their limitless potential!
Jia doesn’t just ensure that girls on her own team are set up for success. Last year, she volunteered as a Pacer to provide 3 other teams with the support necessary to help their girls cross the finish line. This involved calling and emailing other coaches to check in and confirm they had the necessary tools and materials to reach their girls with positive and confidence boosting messages.

Beyond supporting the girls directly, Jia has fundraised to keep GOTR accessible to all girls. As a dedicated and passionate SoleMate since 2016, Jia has raised funds to provide scholarships to almost one full team (15 girls) – WOW! – while training for and completing Ragnar Northwest Passages two summers running.

Jia’s enthusiasm and deep commitment to Girls on the Run is a true asset to our program, and we are grateful for the creative ideas and boundless energy that she brings to her Girls on the Run team AND SoleMates teammates! Thank you so much, Jia, for all you’ve done to support Girls on the Run over the years. We’re so lucky to have you as part of our community!