Through fun games, coach-led group discussions and fitness-related activities, boys in grades 3-8 are actively engaged in character-building lessons that creatively integrate running and training for a 5K during this 10-week youth development program.  

STRIDE provides boys with the opportunity to share and explore issues they may face in school, with peers, in sports, in their community, and at home. They learn the importance of being a good friend and positive role model, working as a team, and making good decisions. 

The weekly lessons teach boys to KNOW what is right, CARE what is right, and ultimately DO what is right while instilling confidence, building character and instilling a healthy lifestyle.  The program culminates when they reach their goal to complete the YMCA STRIDE 5K Challenge.

WHO WE ARE

STRIDE was started in 2010 in Chester County, Pennsylvania.  Learn more about our history and how the program works.  

HISTORY & WHAT WE DO

IN YOUR COMMUNITY

Make a positive impact on the boys in your community with STRIDE.  Learn more about how to get STRIDE started in your area.

Start STRIDE in your community

STRIDE CHAPTERS

For our licensed STRIDE chapters, you will find the resources you need to successfully operate your local STRIDE program here.  

STRIDE Chapter Resources