“Amazingly! We are a very transient population so to offer a program here where girls are welcomed to walk and be told to be who they are and to really feel accepted for who they truly are has been really important to our community. Anyone from our teachers, schools, and businesses have been big supporters by encouraging our girls and saying ‘we got your back and will run along side you.”
What are the ages of your participants?
“Girls On The Run is 3rd-5th grade and our middle school program, Heart and Soul is 6-8th grade and has the same structure as Girls On The Run but a little more mature content to what girls go through at that age. We are piloting GOTR this summer for rising 2nd and 3rd graders. It is a one week long summer camp program.” The new GOTR summer camp is June 10th-14th, 2019.
Where did you most frequently work prior to The Fellow?
“I had the opportunity to work from home, but I knew that wasn’t for me. I was working for another business at the time and was very part-time with Girls On The Run. From our standpoint it was going to be difficult to find a space. I work alone and I was offered a basement office, and I knew I was way too social to hide in a basement. I wanted a place with lots of people and plenty of boardroom space to do our training out of. Having this all in one location has been really helpful.”
What did you know about coworking before coming to The Fellow?
“Absolutely nothing. I just knew it was a cool idea. I had come in for a headshot and found out after talking to Josh that this would be right. This place is a family and it’s the people that make this place, it’s not the building, desks or chairs. People are really the foundation of the organization. They are the people who have shown up at my events, supported us at pancake breakfasts, or who have been running buddies for the 5k.”
How has The Fellow helped you better your organization?
“The Fellow really gave us a landing spot where people could identify our location and drop off materials. It gives us some identification and, like I said, the opportunity to have trainings and hold board meetings.”
Do have a favorite memory from the last 5k?
“It was absolutely amazing. We had a girl who had been training with her dad virtually. We serve a big military population and so her dad is deployed and they were hoping he was going to be able to make it. When they picked up his packet they found out he wasn’t going to be able to make it tp the race. Her mom wanted to make sure we could get him a medal anyway. The girl approached me after the race to get the medal and I said,” I want to make sure you hold your dad accountable to run that distance and she told me, “you know what, he already did! He ran his morning.” So she actually wore his bib on her back and will be medaling her Dad the next time she sees him. It’s important that our program has given the military girls and dads the opportunity to connect. It is hard to connect with your pre-teen daughter when you aren’t around on a regular bases in a way they understand, and the military understands running. This opens the conversations they talk about the topics they are learning as well as some of those things going on in their daughters lives. The finish line is the beginning for our girls and families. They know they can accomplish their goals and there are people behind them so that they don’t go through those barriers alone.”