Start a Team

Start a Team

Ready to inspire the next generation to be joyful, healthy and confident? Explore this page to learn how you can start a team at a nearby school or community facility.

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  • Starting a team refers to offering the program to a group of 8-15 participants at a location or site near you. This team will be part of Girls on the Run of Southeastern Michigan.
  • Check to see if there is an existing team at your desired location in your community.
  • Designate a site leader to serve as the program location contact (see the responsibilities of a site leader below).
  • Read through the Fall 2024 Site Recruitment Packet (link button at the bottom of this page) which has information about our program and what is entailed to start a team at your desired location.
  • Complete the Start a Team application.
  • Recruit two to three volunteer coaches (per team), who must attend and complete GOTR coach training.
  • The location must provide a safe, dedicated outdoor and indoor space, where the program can be facilitated to the team at the dates/times determined for the season.
  • Identify a consistent practice schedule (same days/times each week) based on the program offered at your location.
  • Teams must consist of a minimum of 8 and maximum of 15 participants*.
  • Gain support from location administrators, such as a school principal or director of the community center.

    *Girls on the Run helps girls recognize their potential and rise above gender expectations that may limit their health, confidence and joy. We respect and value the individuality and dignity of all people and welcome all girls: cis-, trans-, as well as non- binary and gender non-conforming youth to participate in our program.
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Site Leader Responsibilities

  • Acts as the main contact at the site for Girls on the Run families/participants and Girls on the Run council staff before and throughout the program.
  • Attends a virtual site leader launch informational meeting
  • Aids in team member recruitment efforts by distributing marketing materials (provided by Girls on the Run and picked up at our office in Ypsilanti) and spreading the word about Girls on the Run throughout the site community and via email using provided digital templates. This helps ensure there is a full team for each season at this location.
  • Offers support to families who need assistance with registration.
  • Helps identify two to four coaches from the community for each team*.

*If you are unable to secure coaches, we'll assist and provide materials to help you promote your volunteer need.


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Whether you are new to Girls on the Run or a long-time supporter who is ready to advance our mission and vision, we value your interest in learning more about how to start a team.

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