Alamance Girls in Motion

Mission

The mission of the Alamance Girls in Motion (AGIM) program is to enable girls in fourth and fifth grade in Alamance County to make healthy choices through education, the use of college women as mentors, and skill building in sports/fitness in order to increase self-esteem and set the stage for an overall healthy lifestyle in the future.

Program Information

Alamance Girls in Motion is an 8 week program that matches college women, one on one, with young girls, ages 9 to 11, in a mentoring relationship. The first of three programs offered on Elon’s campus, AGIM was started in spring of 2006 upon receiving a BeActive NC grant. Since that time more than 200 young girls and an equal number of Elon female students have participated in the program. Students are recruited to serve as mentors via recommendations from faculty members and through word of mouth. Each woman is screened and then participates in four hours of training, including instruction on how to mentor and how to deliver the program materials. The program is free of charge and open to any girl. Following a mandatory orientation session for both parents and girls, during which informed consents for participation are collected, the girls are paired with a mentor based on similar interests.

“My mentee was a lot more outgoing and friendly at the end of the program.” –Mentor

During the eight-week program now offered in fall, the pairs meet once a week for one and a half hours on the Elon University campus. Each session consists of warm-up game, a group introduction of the day’s topic with the faculty coordinator and small group time for discussion, then pairing up of partners for exercise and one-on-one time, followed by a wrap up and healthy snack. Topics include the importance of physical activity, using food as fuel, body shapes and sizes, media influences and body image. Educational and support materials are made available to parents each week to reinforce the topics covered in the program.

“I felt like she became a little more aware of healthy food choices and learned more about self-confidence.” – Parent

Following participation in the program, data collected from the girls consistently suggests increases in body satisfaction, less desire for thinness and less anxiety associated with perceived body image. In addition, the data suggests participants experience higher levels of self-esteem and more physical activity following participation. If these findings are maintained, and our research suggests that they are, the reported decline in self-esteem that often accompanies a poor body image, and is so typical of girls this age, could be mediated, limiting the associated negative outcomes. Increased levels of physical activity could help mediate the prevalence of obesity as well. On top of all this, the girls and mentors report the program is fun.

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“I got paired up with a great mentor and we got to do sports that I had never done before.” –Participant

“I loved going off with my mentor!” –Participant

Dates for 2017 Session:

Registration Opens:
August 30th
Mentor Training:
September 13th, 3:45pm (Place: TBA; Contact Liz Bailey at ebailey@elon.edu)
Mandatory Orientation for Parents, Participants and Mentors:
September 20st, 3:45pm (Place: TBA; Parents contact Liz Bailey at ebailey@elon.edu or 336-278-5862 to REGISTER)
AGIM sessions:
Sept 27th, Oct 4, 11, 18, 25 and Nov 1 and 8
7 weeks for AGIM program.

All sessions run from 3:45-5:15pm and are held on the field behind the Koury Athletic Center on the campus of Elon University.

Forms: Available in early September 2017