Elementary School Girls Run for Fitness and Fun (San Francisco Bay Area)

Community initiative to increase participation in youth sports

Dates of Program: January 1999 to August 2006

Field of Work: Reducing substance abuse and improving the health and safety of children

Synopsis of the Work: After School: Connecting Children at Risk With Responsible Adults to Help Reduce Youth Substance Abuse and Other Health-Compromising Behaviors was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that helped develop intermediary organizations in Boston, Chicago, and the San Francisco Bay Area in order to create citywide systems of after-school programs.

Girls on the Run® was an after-school program in the San Francisco Bay Area that trains girls in third through eighth grades to compete in track while mixing in life lessons intended to build self-esteem. This sidebar describes the program, sponsored by Team-Up for Youth, the intermediary in the San Francisco Bay Area.