Local Youth Girls Wellness Program Awarded Mini-Grant By City Of Cambridge

Grant Awarded for Expansion of Programming  

Cambridge, MA, July 31, 2018 -  Title IX Girls Running Club, a Cambridge, Massachusetts based youth wellness organization, has been awarded a $1,000 mini-grant by the Cambridge Public Health Department through its “Cambridge in Motion” initiative. Title IX Girls’ flagship program, the “Whole Girl Workout,” uses the principles of running to strengthen the connection among mental, social, and physical health in girls aged 9-15. Over the last ten years, the club has helped over 1,000 girls through its programming, led by an all-volunteer coaching staff.

Title IX Girls founder and executive director Stacy Rodriguez-Rennard, LMHC, said “This grant will be used to help fund our upcoming expansion into The Port neighborhood of Cambridge. It will allow us to further our work with girls and families to understand their own emotional experience, and develop the critical and necessary skills to navigate an inequitable world. Title IX Girls has been a strong presence in the Cambridge community for over 11 years, and we are proud to be recognized by the City of Cambridge for the work we do.”

“The Cambridge Public Health Department is proud to support Title IX Girls’ mission to help girls and families through its fitness-based mental health program. Programs like this one that focus on developing the youth in our community have a strong place in Cambridge and align with the mission of the mini-grant program, which is to inspire healthy living activities,” said Dawn Olcott, the health department’s manager of public health nutrition services.

The mini-grant program is a partnership of the Cambridge Public Health Department, the Healthy Children Task Force, the Cambridge Food and Fitness Policy Council, and Whole Food Market stores in Cambridge. 

Access to affordable, developmentally appropriate programs is the biggest hurdle facing families in the search for quality education that teaches girls about their own health and development. Title IX Girls is able to fulfill its mission through donations and sponsorships from local community members. 

Anna-Ruth Watts