Heart & Sole: 6th – 8th Grade Program
Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond.
The Heart & Sole curriculum was developed to meet the unique needs of middle school girls. The curriculum addresses the whole girl—body, brain, heart, spirit and social connection. It is a 10-week program with a small team of 8-15 girls.
The program teaches life skills such as:
•Creating a support system
•Making connections & friendships
•Standing up for themselves and others
•Asking for and providing help
The “Girl Wheel” is the central concept of the program and focuses on the whole girl. In each lesson, girls participate in activities related to the Girl Wheel components: body, brain, heart, spirit and social.
The wheel helps demonstrate the parts of themselves that impact their lives, their families, their schools and their neighborhoods. Girls learn to use the Girl Wheel to identify areas of themselves they’d like to nurture and ways they can contribute to change around them.
Physical activity is a core element of the program and includes strength and conditioning appropriate for this age group. The season concludes with the Girls on the Run 5k , a celebratory event that underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they’ve been developing in the program and gives them a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement.
All Girls on the Run coaches are volunteers who believe in our mission and have a passion for helping girls be true to themselves. Each year, more than 600 women give their time to be a part of Girls on the Run. Many of our coaches say they get as much out of the program as the girls do. All coaches are trained by Girls on the Run Greater Houston and go through background checks.