COLUMBUS, Oh. (FEBRUARY 19, 2016) – Thirty-One Gifts has teamed up with Girls on the Run International as a 20th birthday Born to Run campaign sponsor.
Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based, positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that inspires girls in 3rd through 8th grade to be healthy, joyful and confident. The volunteer-led program brings together groups of 8-15 girls and empowers them to recognize their unique abilities and be proud of who they are.
Thirty-One Gifts is a direct-selling organization offering purses, wallets, totes, home organization solutions, jewelry and more. The company is about more than their products, however, and has a strong passion for building confident girls and women.
“We’re thrilled to partner with Girls on the Run as the official sponsor of the Born to Run campaign in 2016, in honor of their serving 1 million girls in the past 20 years,” says Thirty-One’s Founder, President & CEO Cindy Monroe. “Building confident girls and women is at the heart of what we do. Through our charitable program, Thirty-One Gives, we have a commitment to changing the alarming statistic that a girl’s self-esteem peaks at the age of 9 and we believe that, with Girls on the Run, we can change that statistic.”
Through Thirty-One Gives, the company strives to empower girls, women and families with the support and self-esteem needed to lead purposeful, thriving lives. In supporting Girls on the Run, Thirty-One Gifts will be helping to directly impact girls in 49 states and the District of Columbia.
“Girls on the Run has helped over one million girls to grow their confidence, develop stronger character and build more connection within their community. The ten-week program provides a positive environment where girls can feel comfortable to share their thoughts and feelings and to embrace what makes them unique,” says Girls on the Run Vice President of Partnerships and Development Theresa Miller. “Thirty-One Gifts also has a long history of encouraging women to achieve their limitless potential. We’re excited to team up with Thirty-One Gifts and grateful for their support in inspiring strong girls.”
Through the partnership, Thirty-One Gifts independent sales consultants will serve as 5k volunteers and will provide other activations at 5k events. Girls on the Run hosts the largest 5k series in the country with over 350 separate events in 2015. The celebratory 5k events serve as a tangible goal for the girls participating in the program and are the culminating event to recognize the hard work they put in during the season. Information on how to find a local Girls on the Run council can be found here.
About Thirty-One Gifts
Thirty-One Gifts is one of the world’s largest direct-selling companies, offering purses and wallets, totes, home organization solutions, jewelry and more. The company, however, is about much more than its products. Thirty-One is a family of individuals who share a passion for empowering women, and who are committed to celebrate, encourage and reward others for who they are. The name Thirty-One Gifts comes from Proverbs 31, of the Bible, which describes the attributes and the importance of a “virtuous woman.” With a mission to help women by giving them the opportunity to own their own business, Thirty-One provides all the tools and support necessary to find success and possibly build a new career.
Founder, President & CEO Cindy Monroe started Thirty-One in her basement in 2003. From those humble beginnings they’ve grown to include more than 80,000 independent sales Consultants across the U.S. and Canada – many of whom are reaching their dreams through this opportunity.
About Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development program for 3rd-8th grade girls. Participants develop and improve competence, feel confidence in who they are, develop strength of character, respond to others and oneself with care, create positive connections with peers and adults and make a meaningful contribution to community and society. Each session is led by trained volunteer coaches that guide and mentor the girls. The 10-week program concludes with all participants completing a celebratory 5k event which gives them a tangible sense of achievement as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. In 2015, Girls on the Run celebrated serving its one millionth girl, and in 2016 is celebrating its 20th birthday.
Enterprising Women is a partner in the new Million Women Mentors (MWM) initiative.
The initiative supports the engagement of one million science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) mentors — women and men — to increase the interest and confidence of young women to pursue and succeed in STEM degrees and careers.