Women's Adventure Travel's Partner Organizations
Updated: May 22
WAT has partnered with various like-minded organizations that empower and support women and girls at home and around the world.
In 1996, teacher and triathlete Molly Barker founded Girls on the Run. She wanted to create a positive, productive space for adolescent girls to gain confidence and healthy life habits. Nearly 25 years have passed, and GOTR programming has reached over 1.9 million girls. The organization has formed 200 independent Councils across the United States, and the District of Columbia created the most extensive 5k series in the U.S. and continued its mission of health and positivity.
GOTR runs 10-week programs for girls from 3rd to 8th grade. The Girls on the Run program serves the younger group, and Heart and Sole serve middle schoolers. Both programs include group discussions, running, and games; they culminate in a community service project and a 5k event. They offer scholarship programs to maximize the number of girls who can participate, furthering their mission to spread a “lifetime appreciation” for fitness.
A survey conducted by Dr. Maureen Weiss, an expert on Positive Youth Development, found that 97% of girls in the program learned critical life skills. 85% of girls improved in one GOTR focus area: confidence, character, care, connections, competence, and contribution.