Each season Girls on the Run of  Southeastern Michigan identifies and selects a dynamic group of coaches to lead each of our teams of 8-18 girls. Coaches are parents, teachers, school administrators, high school and college students, and other community members who are committed to developing and celebrating our girls.

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Coach Overview

Teams meet two times per week outside of school for 90 minutes and are led by two to three coaches, trained by Girls on the Run staff. Most programs begin directly after school, with the exception of the occasional evening or Saturday site. Coaches may indicate a preference for the site at which they would like to coach within the online application. If coaches do not have a preference, our staff will work with the coach to find the best fit for his or her availability and location.

Our volunteer coaches need not be runners (all are welcome!) and Girls on the Run will provide a thorough training along with the materials and support needed for a successful season! Included with information and tips on working with, and motivating adolescent girls, our training will cover organizational policies, procedures and "sneak- peeks" at various lessons within our curriculum. The program finishes with a celebration event that includes a 5K run/walk.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Submit a volunteer coach application

  • Consent to a background check

  • Attend a mandatory Coach Summit 

  • Attend a free CPR/1st aid class (if neither you or at least one other coach from your site is already certified)

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepare for and lead twenty 90-minute lessons in a manner consistent with the Girls on the Run philosophy and curriculum

  • Purchase and prepare a healthy snack for each participant at each lesson (you will receive a Visa gift card to purchase healthy snacks and any additional supplies needed)

  • Arrive at your site at least 10 -15 minutes (depending on school dismissal time) prior to the start time and stay until every participant has been picked up

  • Ensure that our participants are supervised and safe at all times

  • Serve as a role model and encourage the girls at all times

  • Always be positive, encouraging and inclusive with participants

  • Lead the girls in the coordination of a community service project

  • Plan and coordinate the practice 5k (request support from family/teacher volunteers if needed)

  • Plan and coordinate the end of season celebration for the team (to be held the week after the Girls on the Run 5K event)

  • Communicate with the families of the participants at your site (via phone, letters home, emails and at pick up and drop off) – help them feel welcome, answer any questions they may have, address any concerns and when appropriate invite them to help 

  • Provide direction to family or teacher volunteers to ensure they are offering encouragement, participating in games and work-outs, and generally being cheerleaders for the team.

  • Support your team at the culminating Girls on the Run 5k event – help them warm up and stretch, run with them, and be there to congratulate them at the finish line

  • Commmit to traveling to attend events/trainings that will be held in or around the Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor area (Coach Summit, Mid-Season Meeting, 5k Event, Coach Box Return) 

Assistant Coach Overview

The Assistant Coach supports the Head Coach at a Girls on the Run program site while serving as a role model and mentor for program participants. The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for a 10-week commitment.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Must be at least 18 years old
  • Must consent to and complete a background check
  • Attend Girls on the Run coach training
  • Able to attend practices once or twice per week
  • Have fun!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Assist with all aspects of the facilitation of weekly lessons
  • Collaborate with other coaches for successful lesson delivery
  • Participate in games and workouts with the girls
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K

Junior Coach Overview

The Junior Coach is a volunteer position for high school students to assist the Head and Assistant Coaches at a Girls on the Run program site. The position entails approximately 1.5-3 hours per week for a 10-week commitment.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Junior Coach must be 16-18 years old
  • Must be a high school student
  • Attend Girls on the Run coach training
  • Able to attend practices once or twice per week
  • Have fun!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Assist with setting up and breaking down of games and lessons
  • Provide one-on-one attention to program participants
  • Participate in games and workouts with the girls
  • Lead an activity with assistance and supervision of the Head Coach if desired
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K

New Coach Application

Returning Coach Application

Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan
5333 McAuley Drive, Suite 6012
Ypsilanti, MI 48197

(734) 712-5640

info@girlsontherunsemi.org