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"I was a 7-year-old girl suffering from depression. Girls on the Run taught me how to laugh again, something that had become hard for me to do. They taught me to keep moving forward and always believe in yourself."

Alejandra

Girl on the Run Sierras Participant

“I was a 7-year-old girl suffering from depression. Girls on the Run taught me how to laugh again, something that had become hard for me to do. They taught me to keep moving forward and always believe in yourself.”

When Alejandra was 6 years old, she saw her father taken by two police officers. He was an alcoholic, made bad decisions and was to leave the country, she said. The next week she hugged him goodbye, cried and saw him for the last time.

Her mother and teacher thought she was an introvert. Instead, she was a 7-year-old contemplating suicide and suffering from depression. Then, in the sixth grade, her teacher invited her to join Girls on the Run, and her mother begged her to give it a try. She agreed. “I joined not only a program, I joined a family,” Alejandra said.

By the end of the first week, she had friends. By the end of the second, sisters. Alejandra changed emotionally, mentally and physically, even clocking a personal best by running a 6:03 mile in high school. Girls on the Run transformed Alejandra from a quiet girl into a teenager who became captain of the speech and debate team. Now she has hopes and dreams, and she plans to continue her studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.

“All my accomplishments are in many ways thanks to Girls on the Run because without them I would have not been able to jump over bumps in my race such as peer pressure,” Alejandra said. “I will forever be thankful for Girls on the Run coming into my life.”

The mission of Girls on the Run is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. The organization envisions a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams.

Did you know

  • Thirty-One Gives has invested in Girls on the Run to help reach 209,000 girls annually
  • More than 215,000 Thirty-One products have been donated to Girls on the Run councils in the U.S.
  • Our funds help GOTR provide financial assistance to 45% of all Girls on the Run participants
  • Thirty-One Gifts Consultants across the U.S. supported their local GOTR councils by coaching, volunteering at 5Ks, hosting fundraisers, bringing GOTR to their schools and enrolling their daughters in the program
  • Thirty-One Consultants have celebrated Girls on the Run 5K participants in true Thirty-One style by attending races and events across the U.S.
  • Girls on the Run participants completed Vision Boards as a reminder of their Star Power, and received a Thirty-One product at the end of many of the 5K events
  • Thirty-One Gifts provided 190 Cheer-in-a-Box packages to councils to support more than 150 5K events across the U.S.