Georgette Taylor and the Volunteers of
Girls on the Run of North Central West Virginia
Running. It can be exhilarating, it can transform you. If you search through your Facebook feed or the App store, you will find a number of programs that help you get from a novice, to a runner that can finish a 5K. But what do you get out of all that running? Some say running not only improves your physical health, but can help you in other ways as well. For some girls in North Central West Virginia, they experience the gains from running first hand through Girls on the Run North Central West Virginia. Girls on the Run is aimed particularly at girls in grades 3 to 8, using running as a foundation to further develop life skills that enhance both their mind and body. Their program is a “physical activity-based positive youth development program” that prepares young girls for not only a celebratory end of season 5K race, but also builds character, confidence and creates a fun and safe environment to build connections within their community.
Founded in 2007, Girls on the Run of North Central West Virginia has grown from one initial site, to now more than 30 sites throughout our region. During that time they have grown to over 650 participants this year. Each runner participates in an twelve week experience based curriculum that provides information and strategies to help deal with life situations, develop healthy habits, increase self esteem and assist in building meaningful relationships that are long lasting.
As a coach within the program, Georgette Taylor, assists in shaping the participants for a lifetime appreciation of health and fitness. Georgette, along with a number of other volunteers, help put forth the core values of Girls on the Run, which include embracing differences and finding strengths in our communities, along side nurturing the physical, emotional and spiritual health of the participants. Skills and abilities that we want instilled in all of our youth. With Georgette’s assistance, the program has assisted hundreds of girls in our area to develop strong skills that have had a great influence on their lives.
“The social pressures that girls face throughout our society can have a big impact on how they perceive themselves and how they develop into young women,” Gretchen Ross of WBOY stated. “Girls on the Run, through coaches like Georgette Taylor, provides the building blocks that allows each girl to develop skills necessary to grow up to be confident women that have a great impact on their communities.”
“As a stepfather to a young woman, I understand the importance of self esteem, good character and all around health and well being for girls in our community,” said Tim Miley, owner of The Miley Legal Group. “Any program in our region that not only develops life skills for our youth, but also encourages a healthy lifestyle should be heavily supported. Girls on the Run and volunteers like Georgette, provide the additional services that are needed to help develop girls into contributing members of our society.”
For girls that are interested in the Girls on the Run of North Central West Virginia’s program, the current season registration is open through March 15th. Additional information can be found on their website at www.gotrncwv.org. Girls on the Run is also in need of volunteers for the end of the season celebratory 5K run on Sunday, May 21, 2017.
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The Celebrating Volunteers awardees receive public recognition for not only themselves, but their organization. They also receive a $500 contribution to the organization they represent in their name. Gretchen Ross of WBOY TV and Tim Miley of The Miley Legal Group work together to select the awardees from the many nominations received from the public. The volunteer selected will have demonstrated their commitment to an organization through volunteerism and support.
“I am an avid supporter of volunteerism in our communities.” Miley stated. “The Celebrating Volunteers program is a way that we can recognize the hard work and dedication of individuals across our region.”