Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County’s South Haven Club will be offering a new program this fall titled Heart & Sole. This program will focus on the topic of self-esteem specifically for teen girls in the sixth through ninth grades. Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run’s new program. It 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. 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 schoolers. Physical activity includes strength and conditioning appropriate for this 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.
Kristen Baker, Club employee and Heart & Sole Coach, is implementing this program because she saw the need within the Club and her community. “I wish that this type of program was offered to me when I was in my middle and early high school years. I think that our teenaged female Club members truly will benefit from this program and I am very excited that we are able to provide this service for the youth of our community,” states Baker. For more information, contact Kristen Baker, Heart & Sole Coach at 219-759-2565.
Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County has been opening doors to GREAT FUTURES for Porter County’s youth since 1971. The Clubs provide high quality programs for nearly 5,000 boys and girls in the areas of character and leadership development, educational enhancement, career preparation, health and life skills, the arts and sports, fitness and recreation. For more information on membership, volunteer opportunities or to make a tax deductible donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County, please contact your local Club, call (219) 464-7282 or visit www.bgcpoco.org. Great Futures Start HERE.