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Lace up your sneakers and get ready to inspire a group of girls to be strong and healthy! Teams of 3-4 volunteer coaches facilitate our easy to follow curriculum with groups of 8-15 girls over the course of 10 weeks. Amidst the conversation, laughter, hugs and energy awards, you will witness transformational change in the girls, and don’t be surprised if you realize that you are positively changing as well! The program may end in 10 weeks, but for our coaches and girls, the finish line is just the beginning. Ready to make a difference and encourage girls to realize their full potential? The first step is signing up.  Please fill out the Volunteer Interest Form below to recieve more information!

Girls on the Run-Maine offers two programs – Girls on the Run which is for 3rd-5th grade and Heart & Sole which is for 6th-8th grade. Each GOTR-ME team has a minimum three volunteer coaches – typically one head coach and two assistant coaches. Junior coach positions are also available.

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Head Coach Overview

The Head Coach is a volunteer position that works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to program participants. This position entails approximately four hours per week for a 10-week commitment.

REQUIREMENTS

  • Head coach must be a woman
  • Must be at least 21 years old
  • CPR and First Aid certified
  • Must consent to and complete a background check
  • Attend Girls on the Run coach training
  • Attend all (two) practices per week for a weekly time commitment of approximately 4 hours
  • Have fun!

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serve as a role model for program participants
  • Prepare, organize and supervise weekly lessons
  • Collaborate with other coaches for successful lesson delivery
  • Facilitate communication with parents/guardians of program participants
  • Participate in the Girls on the Run 5K
  • Plan and coordinate your team’s end of season party

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

VOLUNTEER INTEREST FORM

Heart & Sole Coach Application

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I choose the site where I coach?

Coaches may indicate a preference for the site at which they would like to coach. If coaches do not have a preference, we will assign them to a location in need of volunteers.

How do I apply to be a coach?

Please fill out the Volunteer Interest form and our Program Director, Staci Olson, will contact you details about coaching.  You can also send an email to staci.olson@girlsontherun.org or call the office at 747-5677.

Do new coaches get trained?

Yes, all Girls on the Run and Heart & Sole coaches in Maine will participate in the the Girls on the Run National Coach Training which was developed by Girls on the Run International to prepare coaches to lead a successful season of Girls on the Run. Drawing on research and best practices in positive youth development, organizational observation and research, and adult learning principles, this training includes both online (1 hour) and in-person (5 hours) elements.  

When and where is coach training?

Each season we offer multiple options for coach training.  Coaches will be asked to register for a training date once they have been assigned to a site.

Fall 2017 Coach Training Options:

Thursday, August 24, 4:00pm - 9:00 pm, Husson University, Westbrook, ME
Sunday, August 27, 9:00 am - 2:00 pm, North Yarmouth Academy, Yarmouth, ME

 

What are the dates for the Fall 2017 season?

August 1 - August 10– Program Registration Lottery Registration
Week of September 11 – Spring Season Begins
November 12 – Celebratory 5k, Pineland Farms, New Gloucester
Week of November 13 - Final Week of Practice

Do you offer CPR and First Aid Classes?

All head coaches are required to have CPR and First Aid certification and we encourage assistant coaches to get certified as well.

GOTR-Maine coaches can register for a free online First Aid and CPR courses offered by InfantCPR.com  GOTR-Maine coaches also have the option of attending a CPR training course that is offered at our Portland Office.  The price for this course is $15.  

CPR Class:  August 16, 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm - GOTR-Maine Office, Portland

 

Girls on the Run-Maine
980 Forest Avenue
Suite 206
Portland, ME 04103

(207) 747-5677

gotrmaine@gmail.com