Volunteer

Volunteer

Thank you for interest in becoming a Girls on the Run of Fairfield County Coach! Coaching a Girls on the Run program is the most rewarding way to get involved with Girls on the Run. You get to experience the program first hand, feel a sense of accomplishment that you have made a difference in the lives of girls and have a ton of fun with your team of coaches and incredible girls.

We have three volunteer coaching positions available:

  • Site Liasion:  Be the point of contact between the potential site and the GOTR Council Director/Program Coordinator; make initial contact with site; secure meeting space, secure proper authorization for use, recruit volunteer coaches, promote program via school newsletter (documents provided.) The Site Liasion and Head Coach role may be fulfilled by one person.

 

  • Head Coach:  The Head Coach works with a team of coaches to facilitate the Girls on the Run® curriculum to program participants.  This position works closely with the Council Director and entails approximately 4 hours per week with some additional time required. Major responsibilities include:  preparing, organizing, and supervising the weekly lessons; leading the program participants through each lesson; serving as a role model and mentor; coaching program participants on proper stretching, running form, hydration and sports nutrition; interacting with parents of program participants; provide parent’s/guardian’s with program updates via email, planning and coordinating the end of season celebration, and understanding and believing in the mission of the organization and acting as a spokesperson for the program.  Head Coaches must be 18 years of age and female.

 

  • Assistant Coach: Assist Head Coach to facilitate the Girls on the Run curriculum to program participants.  Major responsibilities include:  preparing, organizing, and supervising the weekly lessons; leading the program participants through each lesson; serving as a role model and mentor; coaching program participants on proper stretching, running form, hydration and sports nutrition; interacting with parents of program participants; planning and coordinating the end of season celebration, and understanding and believing in the mission of the organization and acting as a spokesperson for the program.  Assistant Coaches must be 18 years of age and may be male or female.

 

  • QUALIFICATIONS FOR ALL POSITIONS:
    • A strong desire to work in the field of girl development
    • Experience working with youth
    • Excellent communication skills
    • The ability to be flexible and to improvise when needed
    • To inspire and motivate others to believe in the Girls on the Run mission
    • High organizational skills
    • The ability to recognize conflict and have the skills to help resolve it
    • The capacity to work in a partnership with a co-coach and/or assistant coaches
    • Successfully pass a Background Check
    • First Aid/CPR certification
    • Believe and support the mission of Girls on the Run

 

  • EXPERIENCE:The ideal candidate will have the following experiences:
    • Has worked directly with girls ages 8-11 in a girl-positive environment
    • Has volunteered in direct service organizations
    • Has awareness of the common and different needs of girls

Please note that volunteer coaches do not have to be runners, nor have a daughter participating in the program.  We do ask that you have a genuine interest in supporting the mission of our program: helping girls recognize their limitless potential!

All volunteer positions may be used as a service learning project, internship, or other college credit project upon agreement of the college/university and Director.

We are excited to offer National Coach Training to all of our Fall 2017 coaches!

All coaches, new and returning, must attend one National Coach Training session.  

If you joined us for training in Feb 2017, you do not need to attend in September.  

Fall 2017 Coach Training:  Saturday Sept 9 AND Saturday Sept 16, at the New Canaan Y from 10:00 – 2:00.  You need only attend ONE session.

RSVP to Mary Bentley at mary.bentley@girlsontherun.org

Click here to complete a Fall 2017 SITE APPLICATION

Click here to complete a Fall 2017 NEW COACH Application

Click here to complete a Fall 2017 RETURNING COACH Application