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Professor Sheri Meyers
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In this article it will discuss in detail an intervention program for at risk children or children in the need of additional structure within the city of Nashville. With the use of cognitive processes to gain knowledge of self using reasoning, intuition or perception these children receive guidance and encouragement to participate in enhancing their lives. These tools are mandatory first to become aware of their worth, building healthy relationships, teaching appropriate communication skills, and motivating the child to pursue their dreams in life regardless of the obstacle. Opening Description of Girls on the Run
On July 12, 2012 an interview was conducted to discuss one of the programs offered by the Young Women's Christian Association (YWCA). Prior to the start of the interview, Rebecca Nichols provided a brief background with her involvement of this extraordinary program. Rebecca started with the YWCA over ten years ago based on the parental guidance she received as a child. Her focus was to become an inspiration to all young women and make a significant change in the community. The program discussed during the interview was Girls on the Run. This fundamental necessity was established in 1993 as an inspiration to help girls recognize their potential and to learn how to thrive in a world with an immense amount of confusion. The inhabitants that participate within, Girls on the Run program range from the third to eighth grade. These services provided cater to all girls within those grade levels, they do not base religion, ethnic background or financial status are a means to enter Girls on the Run. This program is considered as a first comer first serve program, there are no restrictions regarding income. Basically Girls on the Run will work with children living in poverty or extremely wealthy families. In order to begin this course a fee of two hundred dollars is required however they also offer scholarships program for children that cannot afford their service.
These inventions are administered by trained coaches or volunteer social workers used as mentors through a fun and uplifting curriculum. Girls on the Run are geared to helping children gain a strong sense of identity, successfully navigate the challenges of adolescence until adulthood, learn and focus on their unique strengths as well as talents, learn to work in teams and celebrate their bodies through the completion of a 5k run or walking event. After the child is accepted in the program they meet twice a week in groups of eight to fifteen girls. The website for Girls on the Run (2012) has provided specific details of their course which is as follows: it entails a twenty-four lesson curriculum taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding ourselves, valuing relationships and teamwork and understanding how we connect with and shape the world at large.
The effectiveness of the program are measured with how the children as well as parents continuously uplift their course by sharing experiences, and discussing the impact it has made on their lives. Testimonies from the children participating measure the services provided and help create new ideas to enhance the current success rate. Girl on the Run is completely non-profit and they do not advertise, they receive all of their members strictly through word of mouth or referrals by social workers.
The need for the (GOTR) program was determined in 1996 by the founder Molly Barker who is a licensed counselor. Rebecca stated the founder was suffering with extreme depression and always felt the need to receive confirmation from other people. After returning from a long run the founder decided running was healthier. Rebecca stated the founder wanted to encourage children before they reached the adult stage and lacked...