Everything You Need to Know About BYOM’s Partnership with GOTR

This month, Be Your Own Muse is excited to partner with international girls’ empowerment organization Girls on the Run. It’s an honor to be working with such an incredible group of women. Since both of our groups are really committed to inspiring confidence and encouraging growth, it’s a perfect match. Here’s everything you need to know about this partnership. Let us know what you think!

What is Girls On The Run?

Girls on the Run is an incredible international organization that uses running, community  and positive coaching to inspire young women (3rd-8th grade) to be joyful, healthy and confident. The curriculum is fun and, as the name implies, features running together as the centerpiece.

Girls-On-The-Run-Birmingham(Image via GOTR Birmingham website)

Through running games and team lessons, they impart life lessons and skills, preparing these young women to be more confident, healthy and empowered individuals. At the end of the year, the young women can participate in a celebratory 5k.

Why is Be Your Own Muse Partnering with GOTR?

Be Your Own Muse believes strongly in the importance of encouraging confidence, health and happiness in young women, particularly as they go through puberty. Nearly all research indicates that girls’ self-esteem plummets at around age 12 and researchers say it’s closely correlated to unhealthy body image.

Girls-On-the-Run-2(Image via Jeffrey Smith, Flickr)

As the NYC Girls’ Project reported, more than 80 percent of 10-year-old girls are afraid of being fat, and by middle school, 40-70 percent of girls are dissatisfied with two or more parts of their body.

At BYOM, we’re entirely committed to showcasing empowered, engaged, singular women. We hope that by sharing these stories, we may find strength, encouragement and inspiration in each other. GOTR is similarly committed to those ideas of strength, confidence, and community.

In short, we believe in their mission – that’s why we’re partnering with GOTR.

What Does That Mean for This Month’s Featured Muses?

All of this month’s Featured Muses are Girls on the Run alums. We’re sharing the stories of four amazing women who all found joy and confidence through the program, and have continued to do great work. We’re really excited to share their stories.

Girls-On-The-Run-2(Image via Jeffrey Smith, Flickr)

You’ve already met Hadleigh, an anti-bullying advocate, and soon you’ll be meeting Cammy, who works to inspire bravery, Janet, who’s involved in healthcare, and Rhiannon, who is an environmental activist.

Stay tuned! Next month, we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled programming.

+ Were you a GOTR participant? We’d love to hear your stories! Share them in the comments section!

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