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Training for a for life



SRLA uses the process of training for the LA Marathon to teach at-risk teens to set and achieve goals, so they stay in school, get healthy, stay out of trouble, graduate, and go to college.

What is the issue, problem, or challenge?

The need for SRLA is great because of the social and health problems facing today's youth. Teenagers in LA are dropping out of high school, at risk from crime, and increasingly overweight and inactive. SRLA stands out as a solution to these problems by providing teens the opportunity to create life-long habits of running and staying fit, to connect with their teachers and schools and increase their chances of finishing high school, and to be involved in supervised after-school activities.

How will this project solve this problem?

Students (ages 12-19) train with their teachers for 26 weeks for the ASICS LA Marathon in March. They develop strength and endurance to run longer distances and enter monthly races, building from a 5K to an 18-mile race. They talk with their teachers while they train, about nutrition and techniques, as well as healthy life choices, staying in school, and becoming better people. Completing a marathon gives the students confidence in their ability to overcome any obstacle in their lives.

Potential Long Term Impact

The 3,200 students participating in SRLA learn discipline, perseverance, and hard work. They learn to set a goal and break it down into small achievable steps, lessons they can apply to their education. Running is a cool alternative to gang participation for teens, and running with SRLA gives them a new peer set, as well as a connection to an adult, their teacher/mentor. The 6 months of regular training introduces them to the benefits and pleasures of physical activity.

Funding Information

Total Funding Received to Date: $1,785
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $48,215
Total Funding Goal: $50,000

Additional Documentation

This project has provided additional documentation in a DOCX file (projdoc.docx).


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Project Leader

Virginia Gibbs

Tarzana, CA United States

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