Body, Brain, Heart, spirit and social connection

An after-school program for 6th to 8th grade girls

Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run's new program for middle school girls! Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond. 
Heart & Sole at YMCA of Greater Brandywine
The Heart & Sole curriculum is rich with themes girls can relate to, addressing the whole girl - body, brain, hearts, spirit and social connection - and building important life skills such as team building, developing a support system, boundary setting, decision making, asking for and providing help, and more. 

This 10-week program is accessible to all girls regardless of athletic ability or fitness level and considers the range of ages and varied experiences of middle-school girls. Physical activity includes strength and conditioning appropriate for age group. The season culminates with the Girls on the Run 5k, which is the celebratory event that underscores the confidence, competence, connection, character and caring they've been developing in the program and gives them a tangible sense of goal setting and achievement

About The Program

  • Meets twice a week for 90 minutes
  • Heart & Sole for grades 6 to 8
  • Each session led by trained volunteer coaches
  • Group participates in a 5k running/walking event
  • Fall Season: September – December; Spring Season: March – May


If you would like to volunteer or coach, get more information on the program, or to bring Girls on the Run to your school, please contact

Joy Zdebski at  or Wendy Young at

Girls on the Run of Chester County is an Affiliate Council of Girls on the Run International, which has a network of over 200 councils across the United States and Canada.


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