It's not everyday that Muskegon get's a "Social Entrepreneur" in town. Just what is a "Social Entrepreneur" you might ask? Well, it's a title that someone gets when they see something that needs to be fixed and takes a grass roots idea and turns it into a national platform to help others see more in themselves. They also take their experience, strength and hope and put it to work so that others might be able to avoid some of the pitfalls in life that have been experienced and that the next generation can be stronger, bolder and ahead of the game when it comes to their life.
Molly Barker came to Muskegon today. Molly is the founder of the Girls on the Run program. It began with 13 girls in her neighborhood and has grown to empower girls across the nation to believe in themselves. The mission is to "inspire young girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun experience based curriculum which creatively integrates running." Girls on the Run's vision is to "create a world where every girl knows and activates her limitless potential and is free to boldly pursue her dreams." I personally got involved with Girls on the Run a few years ago when I was asked to be the emcee at their event in Muskegon and saw immediately that it was something I wanted to be a bigger part of. Our young people are our future...they are our greatest investment and it's up to all of us to do what we can. seeing the faces of these girls on race day, crossing the finish line...it's an experience beyond any price point.
After founding Girls on the Run, Molly has gone on to other social platforms working in Washington DC for a while on the Bipartisan Policy Center and now, she's founded The Red Boot Way. The Red Boot Way "creates compassionate communities by teaching a practice of intentional communication where self awareness, connections and trust grow." Molly was in town to speak to the Rotary lunch and I was invited down a little early to meet this inspiring woman and talk a little about Girls on the Run and her new Red Boot Way. Something all of us could use a little more insight on. Take a listen.
It was a great pleasure and honor to meet Molly. Thanks too to Susan Gifford and Lori Burgess for the local arm of Girls on the Run for the opportunity to sit down and talk with such an icon when it comes to strengthening others and leading by example. Miracles happen every day. They happen in every town, and they happen by the work of people who see a reason to make a difference in the lives of those around them. Some are big, some are small....but one thing is for certain, they all impact someone. Molly's miracle grew to touch thousands of girls and their families...don't think that what you've got stirring in the back of your mind can't do the same thing. To learn more about The Red Boot Way visit http://theredbootway.org/. My thanks to Molly for her time today and her inspiration to so many.