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Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey Awarded Rite Aid KidsCents Regional Grant

Somerville, NJ  January 9, 2019 –Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey (GOTRCNJ) has been awarded a grant from the Rite Aid Foundation for  as part of Rite Aid's ongoing commitment to improving the lives of children.

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program that is designed to enhance girls' social, emotional and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experiences. The program's intentional curriculum places an emphasis on developing competence, confidence, connection, character, caring, and contribution in young girls through lessons that incorporate running and other physical activities. The life skills curriculum is delivered by trained and caring coaches in a safe and inclusive environment. It is the combination of the research-based curriculum, trained coaches and a commitment to serve all girls that sets Girls on the Run apart from other after-school programs.

The GOTRCNJ grant from the Rite Aid Foundation is targeted for Ocean County, NJ, and will provide more girls with the opportunity to participate in Girls on the Run. An independent study found that the program is highly effective at driving transformative and lasting change in the lives of third – eighth grade girls. 97% of participants said they learned critical life skills such as how to resolve conflict, manage emotions, help others and make intentional decisions at Girls on the Run that they are using at home, at school and with their friends.

"We are grateful to the Rite Aid Foundation for their support," says Donna York, Council Director. This grant will help move our vision forward by providing opportunities for more girls in Ocean County to participate in this life-changing program."

Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey is one of 22 Girls on the Run councils to receive the Rite Aid Foundation KidsCents Regional Grant. Over $460,000 was awarded to councils in 12 states to advance the mission of Girls on the Run.   Individuals interested in starting a new site in Ocean County, NJ, should contact Donna York at


About Girls on the Run

Based in Charlotte, N.C., Girls on the Run is a nonprofit organization with local Councils in all 50 states. Founded in 1996 with 13 girls, Girls on the Run has now served more than 1.6 million girls. Over the course of the 10-week program, girls in 3rd-8th grade develop essential skills to help them navigate their worlds and establish a lifetime appreciation for health and fitness. The program culminates with girls positively impacting their communities through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete a celebratory 5K event. With the largest 5K series by number of events in the world, Girls on the Run hosts more than 330 5Ks per year.

Girls on the Run of Central New Jersey currently serves 2,000 girls in Camden, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Somerset counties. 

Girls on the Run was recently included as a top research-based program in a Social-Emotional Learning Guide developed by researchers at Harvard University and has been recognized by the National Afterschool Association (NAA) as one of the most influential after-school programs.



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