Girls on the Run Vermont seeks volunteer coaches

Published: Jan. 22, 2023 at 7:31 AM EST
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BURLINGTON, Vt. (WCAX) - The physical fitness nonprofit Girls On The Run is gearing up for its spring season and they’re looking for volunteer coaches.

Girls On The Run is a program that nurtures self-confidence in girls ages 9 to 13. They help kids develop social, emotional, and physical well-being. They currently have a staffing shortage and are in need of about 600 volunteer coaches to cover all of Vermont.

Coaches don’t need to be runners, but they do need to have the desire to inspire. Girls On The Run Vermont executive director Rachel Desautels says that following pandemic closures, fidning positive role models for young girls is more important than ever.

“The girls, coaches, families, and volunteers really were craving being back together in that space, but it continues to evolve since COVID,” Desautels said. “We’re still not able to serve as many girls as we were pre-pandemic, so we’re still building back up, if you will.”

The 10-week season starts at the end of March.