Win 4 Kids Finalist- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Woodstock & District
Go Girls! is a group mentoring program for girls ages 11-14 that focuses on physical activity, balanced eating and self-esteem. The single, most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.
Game On! is a group mentoring program providing boys and young men with information and support to make informed choices about a range of healthy lifestyle practices. Through non-traditional physical activities, complemented with healthy eating support, participants are engaged in life skills, communication, and emotional health discussions designed to engage participants in the pursuit of life-long healthy lifestyles.
Both programs consist of 7 mentoring sessions, held over a 7-10 week period, within school or a community facility. Each session is loosely structured around four themes: physical activity, healthy eating, self-esteem, and communication skills while providing the tools they require to begin implementing an active, healthy lifestyle. The programs have continued to grow over the past six years and now run multiple sessions January – December, once a week for 75 minutes. Approximately 175 kids will take part in the programs this year.
Selina Guy, a GoodLife Fitness Associate who also nominated Big Brothers Big Sisters Woodstock says, “Through this program we see the kid’s confidence soar. Their knowledge about healthy living improves and we’re not only making an impact but we get to play and have fun too.”
Funding from Win 4 Kids will be used for physical activity supplies, recruitment, training, and materials to support both Go Girls! and Game On!
“I learned that active living and being healthy can be easy and how you feel inside about yourself matters more than what people see on the outside”
“Go Girls has helped me feel better about myself and built up my self-esteem”