Girls on the Run Chicago Inc.

$10,000

Girls on the Run-Chicago (GOTRC) is broadening its Low-Income Aurora Area Expansion Initiative, which aims to establish new program sites in Aurora, with an emphasis on schools where 50% or more students are eligible to receive to receive free or reduced-price lunches.

GOTRC will operate programs in six Aurora schools, and the Dunham grant will support participation for 63 girls. Participants meet after school twice per week for 90 minutes during a 10-week session offered in spring and fall. Coaches guide and mentor girls through training runs, activities and discussions that teach life skills related to healthy decision making, teamwork, eating and exercise habits, problem solving, positive peer communication and more.