Girls on the Run Maine’s coach registration is open.

Interested volunteer coaches must register by Wednesday, Feb. 15.

The program is an international nonprofit that offers programs to strengthen third-to-eighth-grade girls’ social, emotional, physical and behavioral skills. The evidence-based curriculum helps participants build confidence, deepen relationships and successfully navigate life experiences.

The 10-week program incorporates physical activity to unlock essential life skills, encourage personal development, foster meaningful connections with others as well as contribute to the community, according to a news release from Emily Clark, executive director of Westbrook-based Girls on the Run Maine.

Throughout the season, volunteer coaches utilize a structured curriculum to engage teams in interactive lessons. Teams meet twice a week for 90 minutes, and the program culminates with a celebratory 5K (3.1 mile) event to provide girls with a tangible sense of accomplishment.

Girls on the Run Maine has served 7,846 girls at 150-plus sites in Maine since 2012. To continue this trend of success, the non-profit organization is seeking volunteer coaches to facilitate the program and provide critical leadership to its participants.

Coaches do not need to be athletes but are required to be a minimum of 18 years old to serve as an assistant or 21 to serve as a head coach. Volunteer coaches must complete a background check and attend an in-person training session.

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