Girls On The Move

Organization Sponsor: Lunenburg/Queens Females 1st. Committee

Organization Partner: Canadian Association for the Advancement of Women and Sport and Physical Activity (CAAWS)

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Program Description

Girls On the Move program aims were to promote physical activity to all females, regardless of skill levels. The program consisted of activity sampling for girls in a comfortable, non-threatening environment, that is, no dress/equipment requirements and with the focus on having fun. Activities included soccer, basketball, Swedish baseball, Tai Chi, swimming. Suggestions for future activities from the girls were camping and rock climbing.

On the Move is a national initiative designed to increase opportunities for inactive girls and young women (ages 9-18) to participate and lead in sport and physical activity.

On the Move is an innovative programming concept that advocates for female-only, participant-driven, community-specific programs, and questions traditional models of service delivery.

On the Move is also a national network of professionals involved in female-only programming, and individuals and organizations concerned with the health and well-being of girls and young women. The network is a resource for information about the importance of increasing girls’ and young women’s participation, and shares program successes and challenges.
Through education, collaboration and communication, On the Move influences change in the sport and active living, health, education, and social service sectors to increase gender equity.

Program Approximate Cost: 

Free for participants

Funding Sources: 

NS Office of Health Promotion

Strategies For Sustainability: 

Continued concern. Funding allowed hiring or a Coordinator but it was a term position. Committee continues to seek funding and hopes that program will be able to be continuted in some capacity.

Impact Of Program: 

excellent.114 girls participated. 96% of the girls indicated that they would like to participate in the program again.

Evaluation Tools: 

'Comment Cards' from participants
Leader questionnaire

Key Elements Towards Success: 

15 to 18 year old girls were trained in High Five, Healthy Eating Session, program planning and First Aid to act as volunteer leaders.
Presentations re the Program in classrooms

Challenges To Meet Them: 

Not having enough money to get equipment, pay for rental when necessary, not enough space available in rural communities

Length and Stage of Project: 

One year

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