Adolescence is a challenging time for girls. Self-confidence and physical activty levels drop while at the same time peer relationships become more complicated. Girls on the Run is a physical activity-based positive youth development (PA-PYD) program that is designed to enhance girls' social, psychological and physical skills and behaviors to successfully navigate life experience.
Our mission is to inspire girls to be joyful, healthy and confident using a fun, experience-based curriculum which creatively integrates running.
Recently, leading youth development expert Dr. Maureen Weiss, University of Minnesota, conducted an independent study to evaluate the effectiveness of Girls on the Run in promoting positive outcomes. She compared Girls on the Run participants to girls in the same grade who had never participated in Girls on the Run. In addition, she followed girls in Girls on the Run from pre- to post-season to three months beyond the season to determine if season-long improvements were maintained after lessons ended.
The results were truly remarkable.
Dr. Weiss' study showed the program is effective in driving transformative change in the lives of young girls, making an even stronger impact on girls who were lower in confidence and other important attributes at the start of the season. 97% of girls said they learned critical life skills in Girls on the Run, including managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others or making intentional decisions that they are using at home, at school and with their friends. Compared to girls participating in organized sports and physical education, Girls on the Run makes a stronger impact in teaching these life skills that will benefit them no and in the future.