Tell us a bit about yourself
I am currently a freshman at Missouri State University, studying Dietetics. I am the middle daughter of five girls, and incredibly close with my whole family. My passions include dancing, playing tennis, following the St. Louis Blues, cooking, baking, sewing, and pretty much anything crafty.
Why did you choose to volunteer/get involved with GOTR-STL?
When I was in seventh grade, my mom started a Girls on the Run team at my school. Since I was too old to participate, I was a junior coach for the team. Ever since then I have been involved with and supported Girls on the Run in some way.
What is the most rewarding thing about Girls on the Run?
Through being a junior coach, I was able to see girls find a new sense of confidence and happiness. Nothing can really beat seeing a young girl finally be comfortable in her own skin. Being a part of many girls’ journeys in building a healthy life is beyond rewarding, rather life changing.
How has GOTR-STL impacted your life?
I was not even able to be an actual participant in this program, but just helping as a junior coach taught me so much about myself. I, like almost all young teenagers, had terrible self-esteem issues growing up. Being able to support and help other girls find their spark and purpose, I was able to build a newfound confidence in myself. Girls on the Run has definitely empowered me in ways I never would have imagined, and now I am so happy to give the same gift to the young girls around me.
Although there are so many memories I have made while working with Girls on the Run, my favorite was my “Girls Night Out” that I organized and held in benefit of GOTR. It was simply a night to hang out with some young girls from my community and raise both awareness and money for GOTR, while talking to them about the struggles of being a girl in today’s society. This is my favorite, though, because I was able to really get to know these girls and empower them on a personal level.
Why would you recommend others get involved with Girls on the Run?
Girls on the Run does not simply train you for a 5K or teach you how to live a healthy life. The virtues and lessons that are learned through this program will stay with you for the rest of your life. Confidence is the greatest gift this organization blessed me with, and every girl should be able to be herself and feel great about it.
What are your hopes for the future of Girls on the Run as an organization?
Of course, I would love to see Girls on the Run prosper and empower every young woman’s life. I know the program has gained a lot of public support in the few years since I have started volunteering, so I am very anxious to see what awaits this organization in the future!