Rachel – Girls On The Run & Her Forest – Eleventh Wish Machine Grant!
Rachel has dedicated countless hours of her time to raise funds, support her local school system, and volunteer with Girls On The Run. Girls On The Run is a nonprofit organization that inspires girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running. From founding the “Youth Humanitarians” club at her school to connecting with young women in her community, Rachel shows her appreciation for the female role models in her life and is invested in having a positive impact on her community.
“As a child, I ran Girls On The Run for 4 years with my best friends and my mother as the coach. Some of my most influential and positive memories as a child came from the connections I made with my friends doing Girls On The Run, and how much fun I remember having. The idea of Girls On The Run is incredibly inspiring to me. Being able to connect with the girls that I coached is an experience I will never forget. I think it is crucial, especially when so young, for girls to have positive female role models and good influences.
The elementary school, being in an overwhelmingly impoverished neighborhood, is made up of many underprivileged children who often don’t have many older role models to influence, connect with, and teach them. Especially with young girls, having someone to look up to and admire is so important. Having my mom as my coach, I felt like she was a superhero, someone I could look up to and empowered me to grow into the woman I am now. Girls On The Run is such an amazing program for young girls, that not only promotes friendship, but health and safe ways for girls to spend their free time! I forever cherish my time connecting with the students at Elbert Palmer, and am grateful for these experiences that I will never forget.” – Rachel
Rachel supports her local elementary school by raising funds, donating books for the children, painting a mural in their cafeteria, and volunteering through Girls On The Run. In celebration of her dedication to the young women in her community, HQ and Her Forest is proud to bring Rachel and her crew to Rothbury and announce details for the Her Forest Program at Electric Forest 2018.
Electric Forest’s Her Forest Program uplifts the experience of women at Electric Forest. With a focus on Connection, Inspiration, and Comfort, Her Forest is a collaboration between all who identify as women, and those who celebrate their enjoyment of and equality in the Forest Family. All Her Forest projects are intended to create the most supportive and empowering environment possible.
THE ELECTRIC FOREST WISH MACHINE
The Wish Machine sparked inspiration from across the globe. From local communities in Michigan to as far as Tanzania and Cambodia, the Forest Family considered what they could do – for individuals, neighborhoods, communities, and societies – to help make the world a better place. Pledges included raising money and awareness for mental health, rare diseases, and sustainable efforts; donating clothing, personal items, and funds to charity drives and disaster clean-up efforts; volunteering time and resources to local humane societies, hospitals, and homeless shelters; and so much more.
The Wish Machine challenged the Forest Family to venture out into the world and spread positive action and good deeds. Now it’s time for The Forest to reward the most amazing, world-changing, and awe-inspiring acts of kindness.
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