With the funding received, Michelle Bruno, a member of IUP's counseling department, plans to continue the 22-week program.
The ROX program will continue to be conducted with fifth-graders in Ligonier Valley School District and seventh-graders in Connellsville Area School District.
Bruno hopes to bring ROX
to the Indiana Area School District
has been involved with the ROX
program since its creation in 2006.
runs the program in elementary, middle and high schools.
According to a 2012 new release, Bruno
said the idea of "combating problems earlier in girls' lives" is to impact them while they are young so they may begin to see themselves in a different way.
Lessons in the program, tailored by age groups, cover topics such as bullying, body issues, academic and career development, and friendships.
Past programs have included a tour of IUP's
campus and facilities as part of the students' exposure to post-secondary life.
, according to a 2012 news release, hopes to involve IUP students as volunteer speakers, or hosts, when the students visit campus.
program, according to Bruno
in a 2012 press release, when run in the past, got a "really strong response" from both the girls and administrators.
"We also got positive feedback from parents wondering how we could keep it in the school," she
worked as a counselor in the Ohio State Counseling Center