Empower SWMO Girls

Our life-skills program empowers girls to reach their limitless potential. Each year 200-plus local girls require scholarships. You can help 25 girls experience our transformational program and become the leader of their lives! Your gift is matched for twice the impact! Ensure a girl who needs our program most will have access.

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$25.00 Level

26 Supporters

Your $25 gift = $50 today thanks to matching sponsors! Your gift propels us toward our goal of funding scholarships for 25 girls.

$35.00 Level

4 Supporters

Your gift generates $70 of impact today thanks to our matching partners. You will provide a girl with 7 life-changing lessons!

$50.00 Level

11 Supporters

Your gift generates $100 of impact today thanks to our matching partners. You will provide a girl with 10 life-changing lessons!

$100.00 Level

9 Supporters

Makes an impact of $200 today thanks to our matching partners. Your gift will give a girl an entire season of Girls on the Run!

Project Overview

What our girls need:

Right now, young girls are facing challenges like never before. We know that times of uncertainty can provoke anxiety, fear, and stress among youth. At an age when girls are already vulnerable to decreased self-esteem, the pandemic and societal tensions have led to even more exclusion, isolation and stress. 79% of girls feel more lonely or depressed than before COVID-19.

Our girls need a place they can depend on for connectedness, acceptance, and belonging. This type of environment is vital for girls as they continue to face uncertainty in their lives. With your help today, we can provide such a place for 25 girls in our program.

How we help:

Our highly effective social-emotional learning curriculum teaches girls ways to seek support, build friendships, and nurture their emotional and physical health. After our program, participants reported the following:

  • 97% of girls report feeling like they belong
  • 85% of girls improve in confidence and connection
  • 40% of girls increase physical activity levels

Girls on the Run promotes positive mental health to girls by providing a safe space where they learn to cope with life challenges and develop resiliency. Social isolation and lack of in-person interaction is taking a toll on young girls in our community.

42% of parents said that BEFORE participating in Girls on the Run, their girl felt lonely, but only 15% of parents said their girl felt lonely AFTER participating in Girls on the Run.

Here’s what you can do:

Every year 200 or more girls in our southwest Missouri program need a scholarship to participate. Our goal today is to raise $3,750 to provide program scholarships for 25 local girls. You can help ensure program accessibility to girls in our community so they have the tools they need to navigate these challenging times.

Will you give $25 today in honor of our 25th national birthday on March 25th? Give Ozarks Day could not come at a more momentous time in our history as we celebrate our part in changing the world one girl at a time!

Your gift will have twice the impact today as every dollar will be matched thanks to our generous local partners!

When you give today, you will…..

  • Give a girl the joy and connection she desperately needs when she becomes part of a safe, inclusive team at Girls on the Run.
  • Empower a girl to become the best version of herself, emerging as an emotionally intelligent and socially conscious future leader in our community.


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About Girls on the Run of Southwest Missouri

Who We Are

Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd-8th grade girls. Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. We envision a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams. 

GOTR of Southwest Missouri is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and part of a national network of over 200 councils operating in all 50 states. Operating locally since 2008, we have served over 4000 girls in southwest Missouri. 

We inspire girls to recognize their inner strength and celebrate what makes them one of a kind. Trained volunteer coaches lead small teams of 8-15 girls twice a week through our research-based curricula. The 10-week program creatively incorporates running into lessons that teach critical life skills designed to build character, enhance social-emotional health, and promote active lifestyles. Girls gain confidence and connection through lessons that focus on decision making, healthy relationships, and helping others, all while training for a 5k!

The program culminates with girls positively impacting their community through a service project and being physically and emotionally prepared to complete the 5k. Completing a 5k gives the girls a tangible sense of accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. The result—making the seemingly impossible, possible and teaching girls that they can.

All of this is accomplished through an active collaboration with girls and their parents, schools, volunteers, staff, and the community. Girls on the Run reaches girls at a critical development age and strengthens their confidence at a time when they face extreme societal pressure.


Girls on the Run of Southwest Missouri


Springfield, Missouri