Culture Relay’s mission is to create female leaders of tomorrow through a year long program that uses sports to teach leaderships skills to high school girls. We have partnered with high schools across the world to create a virtual classroom. We prepare girls to run the world by teaching them how to set goals, overcome challenges, develop grit, and get results. Training together to run a half marathon is used as the first step. Once they cross the finish line, they exercise all they have learned on local projects approved by their business mentor.
The high school girls connect weekly in 2 ways:
1) classroom sessions consisting of 1 hour each weekend (education on global competencies and job skills like goal setting, planning, overcoming challenges, developing stamina, and using your network), followed by physical running sessions to take them from ‘the couch to a 10k’ 2x per week with a Race coach.
2) virtual pen pals 1:1 communication each week via Skype, Instagram, and What’s App
1) “Expose” - Enlarge Minds includes establishing a network of trust between individuals and groups to promote tolerance in our global communities. We do this through: increasing cultural awareness between girls from different backgrounds in the developed and developing world, and broadening perspectives on a variety of issues facing girls around the world
2) “Empower” - Improve Health includes improving mental and physical health of girls through focus on sports as a means to learn job skills. We do this through: exposing girls to key success factors important in the job market, empowering girls to reach for their full potential, and emphasizing the importance of exercise and nutrition in creating well rounded health
3) “Engage”- Enrich Communities includes inspiring grass roots, long lasting impact by creating young, influential change agents through: incubating and accelerating social enterprise in local communities, creating and mobilizing teams working on prioritized challenges facing local communities, raising community awareness of the importance of local female social enterprise champions, and bringing improved socioeconomic conditions to neighborhoods