Why this age?

Girls on the Run is best suited for prevention purposes for girls between the ages of 8 and 12 years old. This is a time when children are still receptive to what adults have to say, yet they are beginning to feel the pull of peer pressure.

Studies show that around the time of 5th grade, girls tend to go to a place that we call 'The Girl Box.' The Girl Box is a place where girls feel as if they are valued more for their appearance, who their friends are and what kind of clothes they wear - as opposed to the strength of their character. It is the perfect time to address important personal and relationship issues to a girl - like learning how to manage her emotions, the dangers of gossiping, how and when to speak up for herself and more. It is a great time to develop skills to handle these issues to help each girl STAY OUT OF THE BOX.