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Walnut Creek YMCA Girls on the Run

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At the end of the 10-week Girls on the Run program coordinated by the Walnut Creek Family YMCA, the participants complete a 5Krun.

That accomplishment is the cherry on the top for the girls who participate in a program that is much more than  just running.

“We talk to the girls about a lot of issues they are facing at this age,” said Chelsey Bowermaster, the coordinatorof Girls on the Run. “Some of the topics we highlight include making healthy decisions, inner beauty, leadership and choosing proper friends.”

Girls on the Run is an ongoing program for third through fifth grade girls from Hubbell, Hillis, Windsor, Fairmeadows and Clive elementary schools in the Des Moines area. Adult women serve as volunteer coaches and mentors to the girls during the twice-a-week practice sessions.

Bowermaster says that by the end of the program, there is a definite change in the girls.

“I have had teachers tell me they see a remarkable rise of confidence in these girls,” she said. “They are now the class leaders. Girls on the Run teaches responsibility and commitment while empowering the girls to feel good about themselves.”

10/29/2012 4:28 PM |Add a comment |Comments (27)
I LOVE This Program. It needs to be in more places than just here and the Iowa City area. More of Iowa needs this! I was introduced to this program when I lived in Sioux Falls, SD 4 years ago. My first time coaching at a school all I thought was "I wish I had the oppoturnity to be a part of this type of thing when I was growing up".

Robin Weiler | robin.n.weilerg@gmail.com | 08/22/2014 1:48 PM
This sounds like an awesome program. Would love to see it at Samuelson Elementary in Beaverdale.

Judy Burch | jburch1961@live.com | 08/01/2014 12:12 PM
I would like for someone to contact me regarding this program. We are looking at starting one in the Fort Dodge area and have some questions.

Jolene Hays | Jhays@fdschools.org | 07/31/2014 4:04 PM
Are there sponsorship or booth opportunities at this event?

Julie Bautista | julielbautista@gmail.com | 07/18/2014 10:45 AM
Would like to talk to some one about supporting the program and volunteering at the Diva Dash in September.

Stephanie Wood | swood@ljic.edu | 06/12/2014 3:01 PM
Tell me more about the program

Jenny Daby | Jennydaby5@gmail.com | 05/09/2014 7:58 PM
Could love to help and be involved any way I can..please tell me more

tasha | tnttash@gmail.com | 04/29/2014 8:40 PM
Interested in this program! What are the steps/requirements to bring it to a local elementary school?

Megan Mrky Webster | mjmrky@gmail.com | 04/06/2014 9:53 PM
I would love to start this program up and running within my school district. Is there a current contact?

Kim Poll | pollkim@saydel.net | 02/27/2014 8:00 PM
I would love to start this program up and running within my school district. Is there a current contact?

Kim Poll | pollkim@saydel.net | 02/27/2014 7:57 PM
I would love to volunteer with Girls on the Run. Who can I contact to get started?

Megan Berlin | megan.l.berlin@gmail.com | 02/03/2014 5:05 PM
I think the Girls on the Run program is fantastic! I'm so glad there is a local council! I would love to help out. Is there a 5k they are training for now?

Allison Varvaro | allie_v84@hotmail.com | 10/27/2013 5:41 PM
I would love more information on this program. I live in Ankeny is there anything local?

Katrina McKim | Katy.mckim@gmail.com | 10/22/2013 9:02 PM
I would love to help with this program. Who should I contact?

Joan Kallen | Joankallen@yahoo.com | 09/19/2013 10:26 PM
I am wondering how the Diva Dash 5K is giving back to the Girls on the Run program. would someone call me regarding this - 515-988-4785!

Steve Bobenhouse | steve@fitnesssports.com | 08/31/2013 3:41 PM
Is this program going to be opened up to girls in Ankeny

Jennifer | jrwjll@aol.com | 08/30/2013 3:45 PM
I am interested in becoming a volunteer; how may I do so?

Lisa chapman | FitnessAndShakes@gmail.com | 08/20/2013 8:00 PM
I'd LOVE to volunteer. How can I get involved?

Mary Breuss | mrbreuss@gmail.com | 08/09/2013 9:39 AM
When will registration for fall 2013 be available?

Jennifer Johnson | jenngreenjohnson@gmail.com | 08/02/2013 9:35 AM
How can I volunteer with the program? I'd love to learn more!

I would love to learn more about the program and ways we might be able to expand to other elementary schools in DM. Any chance I could get contact info for the council leader?

Holly Tucker | Hereese@gmail.com | 07/09/2013 10:39 PM
I'd love to learn more!

Ivy Boyd | ivysavanah@gmail.com | http://www.wakeupformakeup.com | 07/03/2013 12:16 AM
I would like to be in contact with someone about volunteering to help with Girls on the Run.

Jenni Stevenson | jenni.stevenson2@gmail.com | 06/12/2013 1:20 PM
Bobbie: we will connect you with the program director who works with Girls on the Run.

Mary Bess Bolling | mary.bolling@dmymca.org | 04/02/2013 10:35 AM
Is this program currently running?

Bobbie Bohnsack | Bobbieb13@gmail.com | 03/30/2013 2:12 PM
What an amazing opportunity for girls! I am very interested in this program, and would support and love to see it be added to the Waukee Ys activities for children. Please contact me I'd love to learn more about this program.

Andrea Patterson | apatterson317@gmail.com | 12/20/2012 11:25 AM
I would like to talk with someone about promoting and supporting this program

James Kirby | jkirby1@me.com | 11/21/2012 7:48 AM
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