Hannah Colestock ’09 has made great strides since she graduated from UNH. A double major in sociology and women’s studies, Colestock was also a varsity field hockey player. Her love of sport, physical fitness, and a healthy lifestyle combined with her desire to make a difference in the lives of girls and women have led her to create a council of Girls on the Run (GOTR) in Rhode Island. Colestock serves as its executive director.
Girls on the Run is a non-profit prevention program that encourages preteen girls to develop self-respect and healthy lifestyles through running. With over 170 councils across the U.S. and Canada, the program combines training for a 5k event with healthy living education. Last year, the program served 80,000 girls.
Back in 2009, Colestock interned at GOTR-NH as part of her women’s studies program at UNH. Her onsite intern supervisor, Director Jen Hubbell, was and is very impressed with Colestock’s drive. She’s never had a former intern establish a brand new council, she exclaims. “Hannah has taken an incredible leap and has done a ton of work…. I can only wait to see how her council thrives under her leadership,” says Hubbell.
In addition to her work with GOTR, Colestock is pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at UMass Dartmouth and is a graduate research assistant at their Urban Initiative and Center for Policy Analysis.