New Study Touts Effectiveness of Girls on the Run

Aug 18, 2017

A life skills program for elementary school girls is extremely effective, according to a new independent study.

All Girls on the Run participants and their families take part in a 5K run at the conclusion of the school year.
Credit Tom Flanigan

That program, called “Girls on the Run”,has served more than 800 Leon County girls since it began in 2014. Big Bend Girls on the Run Executive Director Ericka McKibbon said the study was done by celebrated youth development expert Dr. Maureen Weiss.

“Eighty-five percent of girls involved in our program improved in confidence, competence, caring and character as well as connecting,” she noted.

The program is now in 14 area locations, but McKibbon sees the study results as an opportunity for growth.

“It’s definitely a great foundation to start this conversation with new schools, whether it be charter, public, private or community center.”

Girls on the Run is a national life skills curriculum designed for girls in 3rd through 5th grade.