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Today's kids face new obstacles unique to their generation like bullying on social media and the childhood obesity epidemic.
Now there's an organization to help avoid these problems before they start.
'Girls on the Run' is a 12-week program that teaches young girls to be healthy and confident through coaching and exercise.
Along with tools for developing self-esteem, a positive body image and healthy habits, girls learn strategies for dealing with life's challenges.
Each team is required to do a local community service project that empowers them to make a difference, and parents are encouraged to get involved.
"When she's angry with me now or upset she uses this whole thing now about how 'I'm upset with you because' or 'you did this because', 'I feel this way because,' and I was asking her the other day where she learned that at, and she told me it was from Girls on the Run," said Kim Campbell-Williams, a parent.
'Girls on the Run' is active in 47-states and Canada, with more than 700,000 volunteers and coaches that make it all happen.
The program isn't just a learning experience for the kids.
"It encourages me to be a better woman for my girls. I've got a team of young girls looking up to me, and I'm strong for them, I keep pushing myself for them," said Selina Ruiz, a coach for Girls on the Run.
The season ends with a 5K event, but the lessons learned continue far beyond the big race.