Our Impact | GOTR Michiana

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Our Impact

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The Movement

Founded in 1996, Girls on the Run International is a nonprofit that has served 2 million + girls across North America.

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Children today are exposed to longstanding gender stereotypes, societal obstacles and cultural challenges that can be detrimental to their emotional and physical health. Our program helps girls recognize their potential and rise above limiting gender expectations. Girls on the Run programs are about so much more than running – they make an impact at a critical age when confidence and physical activity decline.

Independent Studies Show:

97% of girls learned critical life skills including resolving conflict, helping others and making intentional decisions.

97%

of girls learned critical life skills including resolving conflict, helping others and making intentional decisions.

97% of participants agree they can be themselves at Girls on the Run.

97%

of participants agree they can be themselves at Girls on the Run.

40% increase in physical activity among girls who were least active at the program’s start.

40%

increase in physical activity among girls who were least active at the program’s start.

Access Studies and Peer-Reviewed Articles

A Longitudinal Study of
Program Impact

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"I wish I had a program like this when I was younger."

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Local impact

Founded in 2011, Girls on the Run Michiana has been dedicated to making an impact on girls lives in our community.

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Girls on the Run Michiana Stats

  • 1,020 girls served in 2024
  • 58 locations
  • More than 500 Coach, Site Liaison and 5K Volunteers in 2024
  • 2 Spring 5K Celebrations
  • Over 55 percent of the girls in our program gain financial assistance
98% of GOTR girls said they would tell other girls to do Girls on the Run.

98%

of GOTR girls said they would tell other girls to do Girls on the Run.

94% of parents/guardians report valuable experience for their girl(s).

94%

of parents/guardians report valuable experience for their girl(s).

96% of schools would offer programs again to support girls.

96%

of schools would offer programs again to support girls.

Our girls say

Sophia Woods

"It got me like motivated to get up and run, and I got a lot faster actually."

Sophia, GOTR Participant

Annika and Aldo Retana.

"By the end of season ... when they did their last 5K together, they were all just totally different than when you saw them at the beginning of the season."

Aldo, GOTR Parent

2022 GOTR Coach Bridget Kelley

"I'm not only teaching a skill but building confidence and inspiring girls to apply what they learn from the program to other aspects of their life."

Bridget, GOTR Coach

It's Not Just About Running

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Stronger Than Sports

Girls on the Run makes a stronger impact than organized sports and physical education programs in teaching life skills such as managing emotions, resolving conflict, helping others and making intentional decisions.

One of A Kind

Girls on the Run is a leader in evidence-based girl-centered programming. Our tested curriculum, trained coaches and a commitment to serve all girls sets us apart.

Life-Long Impact

Results show Girls on the Run empowers girls to build healthy physical and mental habits that last long beyond the program.

The power and potential of Girls

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Commitment to Inclusion

In a July 2021 Harvard study, Girls on the Run was found to be one of three programs reviewed that has a strong focus on equitable and inclusive education.

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We are dedicated to being an inclusive, diverse, equitable and accessible organization