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Girls on the Run® is a life-changing, character development program for girls in 3rd through 8th grade with a mission to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.

INTERNSHIP/SERVICE LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES Girls on the Run of WNC (GOTR of WNC) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) community-based organization and an independent council of Girls on the Run International, founded in 1996. The WNC Council has served over 11,000 girls across fourteen counties in the past 15 years. Our 275+ volunteer coaches mentor over 1,000 young girls (3rd through 8th graders) with a 10-week, 20-lesson curriculum (offered in fall and spring) that combines training for a 5K with self-esteem enhancing, uplifting lessons. We integrate running with specific life-skills training such as healthy decision-making, dealing with bullies, contributing to the community, leadership and teamwork. Internships and/or service learning projects with GOTR of WNC provide an opportunity to make a difference and receive valuable experience with a physical activity-based positive youth development program proven to strengthen girls’ competencies so they can more successfully navigate the challenges of adolescence. Opportunities are available in the fall session (September–December) and spring session (January-May). Hours and times vary depending on school requirements. Opportunities are focused in the following areas: Program Management & Delivery, Marketing & Community Outreach, Fundraising and Event Planning, and Grant Research and Writing. General Requirements:      

Goal driven Undergraduate or Graduate students preferably with non-profit or other volunteer experience, or a desire to gain such experience Commitment to being a positive role model for health and self-esteem Computer competence, including Microsoft Office, data management, and email Flexible, adaptable, dependable and personable Strong time-management and organizational skills Ability to self-motivate, stay on task and work independently

Program Management & Delivery Responsibilities:    

Serving as a Girls on the Run head coach or assistant coach Working with Program Coordinator to offer coach support and resources throughout our 10-week session Visiting program sites to ensure program quality and efficacy Assisting with administrative duties that support the overall operations of GOTR

Marketing & Community Outreach Responsibilities:     

Creating ads and other marketing materials, preferably using Microsoft Publisher Representing GOTR at local events, includes some evenings and weekends Assisting with designing monthly e-newsletter Supporting Community Outreach Manger with volunteer recruitment and recognition Updating and maintaining volunteer records

Fundraising and Event Planning Responsibilities:     

Assisting in planning our Girls on the Run 5k event(s) in December 2017 and/or May 2018 Assisting with fund development events Soliciting local businesses for program sponsorship and/or in-kind donations Assisting with sponsor and donor recognition Updating and maintaining sponsor and donor records

Grant Research and Grant Writing Internship Responsibilities:    

Researching available and applicable grants Time-lining for grant proposals and updating grants calendar Research, retrieval and assembly of background material for grant proposals Drafting of letters of inquiry and assisting with full grant proposals for submission

Please note that a background check and references will be required. For consideration for an internship, please submit a resume and cover letter to Amy Renigar, Executive Director, at [email protected] by September 1st for the fall session, January 1st for the spring session. GOTR of WNC will work with Service Learning students on scheduling to meet class requirements and timelines. Visit www.gotrwnc.org for more information about our program and other volunteer opportunities.