Vision 2020 Alaska Delegate Teri Tibbett has been working closely with other team members to secure funding opportunities for the Girls on the Run programs in Southeast Alaska. Earlier this month, she was able to help the program receive a $50,000 grant from Alaska governor’s Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (CDVSA). This money will be used in areas that are most needed to advance the program-extending staffing and mentorship programs throughout the state.
Girls on the Run is a national organization that promotes physical, mental, and emotional health for girls ages 8 to 13 years-old. The organization’s 12-week program entails 3 major lessons: teaching all girls self-esteem and self-identity; showing them how to live a healthy lifestyle with healthier food choices, exercising, and teamwork; and demonstrating the importance of community through a service project of their choice. To complete the program, the girls participate in 5K run within their state.
Tibbett was introduced to the organization by former Vision 2020 Delegate, Andrea Doll and by Ati Nasiah, the Council Director for Girls on the Run of Southeast Alaska and the Prevention Manager at AWARE (Aiding Women in Abuse and Rape Emergencies), an Alaska-based program for victims of violence. The AWARE program hosts Girls on the Run in conjunction with schools in Alaska and other 501(c)3 non-profits who would like to join the effort.
The program, which holds a class of up to 20 girls each session, will begin again this month hosting seven sites in Juneau and seven sites in rural communities throughout Southeast Alaska.
This project is close to Tibbett’s heart as she feels maintaining physical and mental health prepares girls to become strong leaders.
“In order for girls to grow up to be strong and confident leaders, they have to feel strong and confident,” said Tibbett.
Tibbett is the Advocacy Coordinator for the Alaska Department of Health and Social Services and Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse and works very closely with the Alaska Mental Health Trust Authority on issues affecting Alaskans with disabilities.
The Girls on the Run program aligns with Vision 2020’s National Goal by educating future generations about their differences and uniqueness in their community.
Although the Southeast Alaska Council of Girls on the Run has received a major funding opportunity from the government, Nash says there is still work to be done. She is currently planning to hold strategic sessions to address the organization’s financial needs and to extend the program to boys.
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