ROX - Ruling Our eXperiences

By the time girls get to high school, only 24% say they are happy with the way the are. ROX is changing that.    

United Way is excited to bring this empowerment program to Knox County girls.  ROX is facilitated by licensed school professors who have completed a 22-hour program in order to implement ROX in their individual schools.  Michelle Mann, social school worker at Centerburg Elemetary rolled out the program in October, 2015 for a group of 5th grade girls.   Danville, Fredericktown, and Mount Vernon Schools will be joining our efforts in 2016. 

Ms. Mann shared an exercise about the group identifying things that are important to them personally and then further discussed empathy and walking in other's "steps."  Here is what one of the girls shared:

ROX began as a resource study at The Ohio State University, and the 20-week evidenced based curriculum has proven effective in helping young girls learn to love themselves, be more confident, and develop stronger and healthier relationships.


Facilitators work with small groups of 10-15 girls for 20 weeks.  The validated curriculum provides the structure and content for girls to explore the tough things going on in their lives and develop new ways to communicate, stand up for themselves, and plan for their futures.  ROX helps girls develop the skills to deal with social, personal, and academic issues including: girl bullying and relational aggression, healthy dating and forming healthy relationships, cyberbullying, body image and the media, navigating social media, dealing with sexual harassment and violence, and leadership development for girls.