CARA ROAD SCHOLARS is an innovative approach to inspiring excellence in Chicago youth. This intervention program challenges teens to train for and complete a half marathon. Road Scholars uses running to teach at risk youth important lessons in commitment, dedication, and discipline, while improving self esteem and worth.
The program is based on a long running and highly successful program that began in Los Angeles in 1989 – Students Run LA (SRLA). More than 20,000 young people, most who come from urban areas with social disadvantages, have participated in SRLA. Not only have 90% of them completed the entire race – more than 95% of those who crossed the finish line have gone on to graduate from high school. The students who participated in the Road Scholars in 2009 not only saw dramatic improvements in their health and wellness; they saw a complete turnaround in their self esteem and prospects for the future.
The Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) is a non-profit, 501(c) 3 organization whose mission is dedicated to expanding, motivating, supporting and celebrating the running community of Chicagoland. CARA connects runners to resources that enable them to run – farther, faster, better, for life.
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