For today’s National Volunteer Week spotlight, we’re featuring Jorjina, one of the superstar coaches that delivers the Girls on the Run program to our girls! Jorjina has coached since 2016 and even helps train new coaches before the start of the season.
Read on to hear more about what inspires Jorjina to volunteer!
What brought you to Girls on the Run?
I supervised a GOTR team as a Teaching Assistant during dismissal. One of the coaches could not make it and I stepped in for the day. I enjoyed it so much that I decided to become a coach!
Tell us what it's like to volunteer as a coach!
It is such a joy to volunteer as a coach for Girls on the Run. Prepping for lessons and running with the girls are great experiences. I really enjoy the insight the girls have when we talk about the theme of the day!
What is your favorite GOTR memory?
My first GOTR 5k as an official coach is my favorite memory. It was the Fall 5k that takes place on Randall's Island. I made sure to check-in with each girl as I ran along the route. I finished with one of the girls who had been struggling for much of the season. We gave each other a high five when we crossed the finish line!
What do you do to be healthy, joyful, and confident?
To stay healthy, I try to get as much rest as possible. I find joy in dancing (my GOTR name this season is "Jiggy Jorjina") and acting. Step Team & Praise Dance really helped to bring out my confidence when I was in elementary school.
What GOTR event are you most looking forward to?
Hmm, I'm definitely looking forward to the Spring 5k. I am also looking forward to what the GOTR Team at my site decides to do for their Community Impact Project!
You can find more information on how to be a coach like Jorjina next season at gotrnyc.org/coach!