Volunteer Opportunities

At the heart of Girls on the Run NYC are amazing volunteers whose commitment and passion change the lives of hundreds of girls across New York City each year. Our volunteers are dynamic individuals who offer their time, talents and energy to support our mission of empowering girls to become healthy and confident young women. Whether you have just a few hours a year, a season, or every month to help our cause, we would love to hear from you!

We have a variety of ways you can get involved with Girls on the Run NYC, depending on how much time and energy you have to commit to the Girls on the Run! These opportunities include:

  • Coaching for Girls on the Run, committing to once or twice a week for the 10 week season
  • Committee leadership, serving on a year-round committee to support our organization
  • Acting as an Outreach Volunteer, representing GOTR in the community
  • One-time volunteer events, ranging from our twice yearly 5k event to helping us in the office

Please specify in your Volunteer Application your interests in terms of opportunity and time commitment. Read below for more details on each volunteer opportunity, and how we will connect with you about your interests.

Want to get involved right away? Visit our Girls on the Run EVENTS page to learn about upcoming events including group runs to get to know GOTR staff & volunteers, fundraising events such as charity rides, and one time volunteer events like joining our Cheer Stations to support our SoleMates charity athletes who fundraise for our cause while participating in endurance events!

Coach with Girls on the Run

When girls work together, they can accomplish remarkable things! As a Coach for Girls on the Run, you’ll receive tools and training to lead a team of girls (3rd-5th grade & 6th-8th grade) toward their goals and help them recognize their limitless potential.

Coaching applications are accepted year-round. At this time, all coaching positions have been filled for the Fall 2017 Season. We will be reaching out to coach applicants with information about the Spring 2018 Season beginning in late November. In the meantime, we invite you to save the date for the 5k on Sunday, December 10 at Randall's Island.

Coaches commit to one or two practice sessions each week for one season (ten weeks). All coaches must undergo an initial phone interview and complete an online training and in-person training prior to the start of the season, which begins the week of September 25.

For more information on Coach Responsibilities, please review our Head Coach Description & Assistant Coach Description. If you have further questions regarding coaching, email coaches@gotrnyc.org.

Quick facts about Coaching for Girls on the Run:

  • Girls on the Run teams meet twice a week for 75 - 90 minutes; for 10 weeks.
  • Girls on the Run (3rd - 5th grade) teams consist of a group of 8 - 20 girls.
  • Girls on the Run Middle School (6th - 8th grade) Heart & Sole teams consist of 8 - 15 girls.
  • The Fall 2017 Season culminates with a celebratory 5k on Sunday, December 10 at Randall's Island. 
  • The majority of our sites meet Monday - Friday during after-school hours, between 3 pm - 5pm.
  • Coaches are required to commit to at least one day per week; two days is preferred.
  • If you have flexibility in your schedule on certain days, please let us know in your application!

Amidst the conversation, laughter, hugs and energy awards, you will witness transformational change in the girls and don’t be surprised if you realize that you are positively changing as well! The program may end in 10 weeks, but for our coaches and girls, the finish line is just the beginning. Ready to make a difference and encourage girls to realize their full potential? The first step is to apply!

General Committee Volunteer

If you would like to be involved with the Girls on the Run mission long-term but don't have the flexibility to coach, we have several volunteer opportunities beyond one-time events, such as being a Committee Volunteer and/or an Outreach Volunteer.

Committee Volunteers help our small office with communications, development, SoleMates, volunteer engagement, special events, and more. The commitment varies between committees but every group is essential to the organization.

Outreach Volunteers represent Girls on the Run NYC at fun events, meet new people, and share the Girls on the Run mission! They are trained in all things Girls on the Run, and are the face of Girls on the Run NYC, sharing the mission at a range of events throughout the year. Outreach opportunities are distributed via the Outreach Volunteer listserv and include representing Girls on the Run NYC at race expos, community fairs, school-specific events, Athleta store promotions, etc.

Those interested in becoming a Committee Volunteer and/or an Outreach Volunteer are required to attend a Volunteer Orientation. After you have submitted your volunteer application, you will receive a confirmation email with the next steps to get involved. The confirmation email will include how to sign up for a Volunteer Orientation and an Outreach Volunteer Training.

One-Time Volunteer Opportunities

Get involved one day or event at a time! If you are interested in being part of the Girls on the Run mission and can commit to a one time event, we can use your support!

Our Fall 2017 end of season 5k date is Sunday, December 10th: it's the best day of the year and an amazing "one-time volunteer opportunity" to see our program in action! The 5k is possible because of the energy of our volunteers as running buddies, course marshals, number-one-fans, and more. We have opportunities throughout the year to help with smaller events and office support.

Apply to be a Girls on the Run NYC Volunteer!

To help us learn more about you, please complete our Volunteer Application so that we can match your skills and interests with activities that you will enjoy. All volunteers that will have direct contact with the girls in our program must agree to a Background Check. For volunteers interested in coaching and/or our volunteer committees, you can expect to hear from us within three weeks.

Internship Opportunities

Girls on the Run NYC interns work with staff and volunteers on various project responsibilities to support the Girls on the Run mission and organization in New York City.

Internships opportunities for 2018 Winter / Spring (January - June) will be announced in the coming months.

For general questions, and for more information on internship opportunities, contact, Business Operations Manager, Dorothy at dorothy.chen@girlsontherun.org.

I’ve seen firsthand how this program has the ability to transform the lives of young girls as well as the coaches that are involved. It is amazing that a program like this exists and I hope it continues to grow and affect positive change throughout the communities of New York City.
— Coach Courtney
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