What is the GOTR Program Impact?
Dr. Maureen Weiss, one of the event’s panelist speakers, is a professor in the School of Kinesiology at the University of Minnesota, and has studied positive youth development programs in sport for over 37 years.
Weiss recently led a longitudinal study examining the impact of GOTR on positive youth development through surveys and focus groups with girls, coaches and parents.
Weiss’s study found that GOTR’s life skills-focused curriculum taught by trained coaches, positively impacts girls’ lives by helping them to increase their confidence, develop life skills and build healthy relationships. After a three-month follow-up their scores remained stable, suggesting that these lessons were sustained over time.
The study compared GOTR participants to other girls in PE or organized sports who had never participated in GOTR. The GOTR participants scored higher than the comparison groups in areas related to life skill development.