In our ongoing work to build a healthier Louisiana, Claim Your Journey and Youth Run New Orleans are proud to announce a new partnership that will strengthen the state’s growing community of runners and transform Louisiana into a model of health and wellness.
Claim Your Journey launched the Run Louisiana Movement in August 2011 in order to promote running as an accessible, fun way to achieve an active, healthy lifestyle. Since then, CYJ has become a leader in forging a statewide network of runners, both online and on the road, from marathoners many times over to novices setting out on their first mile.
Youth Run NOLA offers an eight-month youth development program for at-risk middle and high school students across the Greater New Orleans region. It uses running as a medium to empower youth for success on the track, in the classroom, and in the community. The program combats the obstacles facing our youth, many of whom cope with a lack of safe, healthy after-school opportunities, with a positive, structured program of training and teamwork. Working together, Claim Your Journey and Youth Run NOLA will continue to raise awareness, build relationships, and empower a new generation of runners.
In the coming months, we will collaborate to provide inspiring stories, images, and videos about Youth Run NOLA milestones. Join us for additional opportunities to discuss, volunteer, donate, and show your support. And just as we hope those who Run Louisiana will share in the work of Youth Run NOLA, we are excited for students to experience the encouragement, joy, and strong will that are at the heart of what it means to Run Louisiana.