Junior Coach

Three smiling Girls on the Run junior coaches

Junior Coach

Serving as a Junior Coach is a fun and rewarding way to get involved with Girls on the Run! This volunteer position is for high school girls aged 16-18 years old who want to grow their leadership skills. Paired with a Mentor Coach, Junior Coaches receive support to develop their own skills while serving as role models to program participants.

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“Junior coach training taught me how to empower my teammates and inspired me to reflect on my own vulnerabilities.”

Lilia, Junior Coach

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  • Be 16-18 years of age (in high school) 
  • Return completed reference requirement
  • Return signed waiver (signed by parent/guardian if under 18)
  • Complete background check (if 18 years old)
  • Complete Junior Coach application
  • Complete online and in-person training
  • Consistently attend weekly practices (must attend a minimum of one 90 min. practice per week)

Core Duties and Responsibilities

There are three core duties to serve as a Junior Coach, and they each come with responsibilities. 

  1. Junior Coaches must serve as role models. 
    • Understand and believe in the mission and vision of Girls on the Run
    • Represent themself, the Junior Coach program and Girls on the Run in a responsible, respectful manner both during and outside of the program (including on social media)
    • Serve as positive role models on their team in their words and actions
    • Commit to fully engage in sessions with participants and coaches 
  2. Junior Coaches must foster a positive, inclusive environment. 
    • Build relationships with and between teammates
    • Encourage and motivate participants
    • Participate in games and workouts with the team, encouraging everyone to give their best effort
  3. Junior Coaches must develop their leadership skills. 
    • Lead activities and lessons from the Girls on the Run curriculum 
    • Support co-coaches as they lead activities from the curriculum 
    • Collaborate with a mentor coach to receive and act on constructive feedback 

Season Details


Season Details

spring season start date
Week of February 19, 2024
site & coach apps due
By 12/noon on February 2, 2024
new coach training options
Feb. 1st, 6th or 8th, 2024
celebratory 5K in Manhattan
The first weekend in May, 2024!

Serve as role model and leader for the next generation.

Frequently Asked Questions

In addition to the two to three coaches who are 18 years of age or older, some teams may also have a Junior Coach assigned. Junior Coaches are high school volunteers between the ages 16-18 who complete an application and training. They are role models and developing leaders who support the adult coaches and mentor the team.

There are girls who need YOU to help them unleash their power and potential. If you are considering coaching, ask yourself: What better gift can you give to the next generation than inspiring confidence and a strong sense of self?

  • Almost 100% of girls said their Girls on the Run coaches care about them.
  • 99% of coaches agreed that the coaching experience was valuable for them.
  • 96% of coaches said they felt they formed positive relationships with the girls on their team.
  • 94% of Girls on the Run coaches said they felt like they were making a difference in their girls’ lives.

No! Girls on the Run provides the training, curriculum and supplies needed to safely lead a team for a season! You simply need to be a motivating role model for your team. Many of our junior coaches and coaches participate in their first 5K alongside their team!

A reference should not be an immediate family member. Think about a community member, teacher, mentor, coach or family friend who can accurately and positively share more about the Junior Coach with Girls on the Run.

A minimum of one coach per team must have current CPR and First Aid certification on file by the first practice of the season AND plan be present at every practice of the season. This is a strict polity our council ensures. Please communicate among your team of coaches, or reach out to Program Coordinator, Melissa Colby to determine which memeber of the coaching team is currently, or will become certified. (Cost of certification is reimbursable.)

NOTE: It is NOT the expectation of junior coaches to fill the certification requirement, but rather know that a coach they work alongside is certified.

Yes! Junior coaches are placed according to their geographic location and their availability at sites that need additional coaches. 

No! We provide you with training, curriculum and supplies – everything needed to coach a safe, successful season! You should not incur any personal costs to provide the program to your team. And, as a Junior Coach, you will receive guidance from the team’s coaches, too. 

Our council provides each program location with the curriculum and supplies needed to facilitate the season. We will contact coaches to arrange pick-up for their team’s materials.  

There are in-person and online training sessions for junior coaches. Our council will contact you with exact dates and information. 

Junior coaches must attend at minimum one of the two 90-minute practices each week. To provide a consistent experience to participants, your commitment is crucial to prepare and collaborate with co-coaches to facilitate fun, successful lessons. Each season lasts 10 weeks and culminates with a team-led community project and season-ending Celebratory 5K event.  

Teams hold practices at schools, parks, recreation and community centers. The location and times are determined prior to participant registration each season. Teams host practices two times each week for 90 minutes each session. 

Junior coaches may indicate where they would like to coach. If there is not a preference, we will assign them to a location in need close to their geographical location. 

We try to assign only one Junior Coach per team, but that's not always the case! Each Girls on the Run team is led by three trained coaches, and sometimes a Junior Coach. If you would like to coach at an existing site with another applicant (such as a parent/guardian or family friend), please mention this in your application and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Merci d’envisager d’accepter le rôle vital d’animatrice junior bénévole pour Girls on the Run. Si vous avez toujours des questions sur la façon de débloquer le pouvoir et le potentiel des filles de votre communauté, veuillez c

Thanks for considering the vital role of serving as a volunteer coach for Girls on the Run. If you still have questions about how you can unlock the power and potential girls in your community, please contact us!

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