Mini Mermaid Running Club is changing the lives of children by shifting their internal experience and the way they interact with the world around them. We invite girls and their coaches to have open, authentic conversations about their thoughts and feelings, to discover self-compassion and empathy for others, find their unique strengths as well as identify goals and establish tangible steps to achieve those goals.
We are redefining what the typical constructs of strength are by exploring heart, mind, AND body strength, examining what we each can teach and learn. We are breaking traditional barriers to movement by addressing each child where they are, encouraging them to find their happy pace as an important step to lifelong-balanced fitness.
Throughout all of our curriculums, girls and coaches learn to distinguish between two voices we all hear and struggle to differentiate. Mini Mermaid represents our strongest self; the voice in our hearts and minds which speak bravery and truth no matter the circumstances. Siren represents the muddled, confusing messages we hear from the world around us and inside our heart and mind. How we tell the difference between these two voices and how we make choices once we have recognized which voice we are listening to are the tools we teach. We utilize movement through training to run a 5k to facilitate these conversations and open the door to vulnerability and bravery.
The following are our four curriculums with the same six-week model: Head, Heart, Hands, Belly, Legs, and Feet
C1. Finding Your Own Voice - Self Discovery. Girls learn to listen to their inner voice and use tools to navigate the world where truth and lies often sound the same. We teach girls how to tell the difference between the two voices we often hear, inherent truth (Mini Mermaid) and muddled messages (Siren).
C2. Loving Yourself No Matter What - Self Worth. Girls learn to love themselves and to recognize and be proud of all they have accomplished. Each of us has attributes to be proud of and we each have attributes we want to work on, learning how to stand up and offer help AND ask for help is critical in making balanced choices for a lifetime.
C3. Writing Your Own Story - Your words are powerful. Girls use powerful words to stand up for themselves and others. We focus specifically on anti-bullying techniques and tools to live in a world driven by social media.
C4. Choosing Your Tribe - Building your community. Girls learn the importance of choosing friends wisely. Knowing that peer influence is a leading indicator of decision making, we show the girls how to use the tools they have learned to build the tribe that will help them become the young women they deserve to be.
Jr Coaches Leadership Mentorship C1. Middle School/High School girls learn to lead and mentor younger girls through their Mini Mermaid journey. Four weeks before a Mini Mermaid session, girls aged 11-18 meet in groups of 10 with a Mentor Coach to learn leadership tools and mentorship skills while learning Mini Mermaid curriculum one. Girls will work in pairs with a local elementary school to help coach and lead one or more activity over the six weeks.
All of our curriculums were written by teams of volunteer women from the community. The teams include; Teachers, Administrators, Therapists, Executives, Mothers, Millenials, Lawyers, Community Advocates, AND Mini Mermaids