“It’s just great to see the girls grow and change throughout the program. It’s amazing to see the transformations throughout the season.”
“It’s not just a running program and it’s not just a socially emotional curriculum, either. It combines the two” says program coordinator Julie Walker.
Advocates for sexual assault and domestic violence programs say the prevention programs were working in Alaska, but state lawmakers slashed funding.
Gov. Bill Walker on Thursday led a Choose Respect rally to end domestic violence and sexual assault in Alaska. Hours later a Senate subcommittee zeroed out the state funding that supports the program.
The state Council on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault is helping to fund the expansion.
The founder of Girls on the Run, an after-school running program that empowers girls to be healthy, happy and confident, visited Juneau.