Starting A New Site

Girls on the Run Orlando Wants you!

How can I start a Girls on the Run Orlando site in my school or community center?

Step One: Identify a location to host the program

Our program run for 10 weeks, teams meet twice a week for 1.5 hours each time.  Please view our calendar to review important dates.  Programs are run at schools, community centers or similar venues.

The program location is responsible for providing:

  • A contact person at the site to coordinate with GOTR Orlando.  The Site Liaison’s  role includes assuring the smooth implementation of the program by securing appropriate meeting space, promoting the program, and serving as a link between the site and the GOTR Orlando staff.  This role is served best by an employee of the site.
  • A safe place for running.  Note: This does not have to be a track, a park or field is acceptable.  However, it is necessary to measure off part of that area on occasions when lessons require running at certain distances, (e.g. 1 mile, 3k).
  • A rain site (gym, covered outdoor area, hallway, etc.)
  • At least two coaches to be trained by GOTR.  We require a minimum of two coaches at each site and a maximum of four.  Additional coaches may be available from GOTR Orlando’s pool of volunteers.
  • Completing the online Site Application.

Step Two: Attend Coach’s Training

All first-time coaches are required to take part in Girls on the Run coach training before the program begins. The training seminar is based upon a well-developed and researched curriculum used successfully by local and national GOTR programs.

Each coach must:

  • Register as a volunteer online for each season (electronic signature constitutes health/consent waiver for participation in program).
  • Attend Coach Training which consists of a one-hour online pre-requisite course and five hours of in-person coach training.  See calendar for available training dates.
  • Submit a separate, online background check.
  • Provide proof of current CPR/First Aid certification (GOTR provides CPR/First Aid certification classes).
  • Meet organizational and reporting deadlines throughout the season.
  • Prepare for and supervise all lessons in a manner consistent with the GOTR International philosophy and curriculum.
  • Participate in the end of season 5k run/walk (either as support along the course or at finish line).

Step Three: Registration and Payment Collection

Every program site is provided with a recruitment brochure, sign-up forms, and a Site Agreement, which must be signed by the school principal or site director. The Site Liaison is responsible for:

  • Distributing the registration materials and brochures to 3rd– 5th grade or 6th-8th grade girls.
  • Promoting the program within the site’s community

Step Four: During the Program

Girls on the Run Orlando provides General Liability Insurance for all of our program sites.  In order to stay in compliance with our insurance, the program sites are required to:

  • Deliver the program in a manner consistent with the GOTR International philosophy and curriculum.
  • Adhere to the Girls on the Run Orlando program calendar. (twice a week for 10 weeks)
  • Maintain and complete all paperwork in a timely manner.  Maintain open communication with the GOTR  Orlando staff regarding any updates or changes in participant/coach roster, meeting locations or school schedules.
  • Retain a current copy of the roster and signed health consent forms on-site or via mobile device for the duration of the program.
  • Have a GREAT program!  The program culminates with running in a GOTR 5K (3.1 miles).  The event is open to the public.  All are welcome to come out and walk, run, and join in celebrating the girls’ accomplishments!

Thank you for your interest in starting a new program site of Girls on the Run of Orlando!

Please note that Girls on the Run of  Orlando is a small non-profit and we will do our best to accommodate as many new program site request as possible. Unfortunately, it may not be feasible to start a site due to funding and/or staff limitations.