132: Don’t Make People Invisible Just to Make Your Life Easier — Heather Pressley with Girls on the Run

Inspiring girls to be joyful, healthy, and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum.

Heather Pressley is the Senior Vice President of Mission Advancement for Girls on the Run. Heather has over 18 years of experience in education and has worked as a teacher, administrator, professor, consultant, and academic director. On today’s episode, we find out how Girls on the Run helps young girls with lifelong skills that teaches them how to be confident and happy throughout their life.

Key Takeaways:

[2:55] Girls on the Run impacts roughly around 200,000 girls a year.

[4:55] What is Girls on the Run about?

[9:45] What are some of the core values and skills the organization helps teach girls?

[11:05] It’s Girls on the Run’s goal to help young girls make conscious decisions.

[15:45] Although the organization focuses strictly on girls, what would Heather and her team have to change in their curriculum to specifically help young boys’ futures?

[20:25] Girls on the Run teaches the girls a lot about inner and outer beauty and sometimes the girls themselves get push back on those topics from outside relatives and family members.

[22:25] What kind of tools do these young girls use to help them cope with the pushback and some of the negativity they face?

[29:40] Heather shares an impactful story about a young homeless teenager she encountered.

[33:45] What is agency in this context and how does the organization teach young girls this key trait?

[37:45] What kind of feedback and responses has the organization received from the girls they’ve helped?

[43:10] It’s important to keep in mind that some of these skills and habits Girls on the Run teaches aren’t quantitative, at least not right away. They’re important life lessons that the children will take with them forever.

[50:10] How can you get involved with Girls on the Run? Heather discusses how!

[52:25] What’s on the horizon for Girls on the Run?

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