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GrassROOTS Awarded Grant To Study How Participation In Physical Activity Reduces Youth Exposure To Violence

GrassROOTS Awarded Grant to Study How Participation in Physical Activity Reduces Youth Exposure to Violence

GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF) acknowledges that violence is a public health issue that disproportionately impacts youth, particularly those who live in economically depressed communities, are overexposed to violence and its deleterious effects. Because of this unfortunate reality, GCF works with youth, families and community stakeholders to identify sources of violence so that we may reduce youth’s exposure to and engagement in these social ills. Guided by the cumulative research evidence on public health and youth development, we have designed a…

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5th Annual Roots, Rock, Run Community 5K – Free Race Training Program

5th Annual Roots, Rock, Run Community 5K – Free Race Training Program

Come one, come all! Let's reclaim our health and our communities.   Join GrassROOTS Community Foundation’s public health initiative. Our free 10-week race training program begins Saturday, March 4 at 10am. Waterview Recreation Center 5826 McMahon St., Philadelphia, PA 19144.   Run with us as a part of our public health and social action program. Coach Dawn Roberts and our team of volunteers will lead us on a fun wellness journey.   No registration required. Walk. Run. Dance. Let's Move…

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Think F.A.S.T: Girls Succeeding In Finance, Arts, Science And Technology

Think F.A.S.T: Girls Succeeding in Finance, Arts, Science and Technology

Over 100 people attended GrassROOTS’ conference Think F.A.S.T: Girls Succeeding in Finance, Arts, Science and Technology at Central High School in Newark, New Jersey. The convening brought together New Jersey high school girls and their caregivers to identify, meet and learn from women of color in Fortune 500 companies who are innovators, entrepreneurs, and leaders in finance, arts, science and technology.   Guests heard from 13 women panelists who shared personal accounts of their journey to achieving success in these…

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1000 Titles Of #1000BlackGirlBooks

1000 Titles of #1000BlackGirlBooks

After months of reviewing and collecting books, we are happy to report that the resource guide now has 1000 independent titles of black girl books. As of January 2017, the campaign has collected 9000 books where black girls are the main characters-that equals 1535 distinct books. We are not done. If you know of a black girl book, not listed in the resource guide, please send us a copy or two so we can add it to our collection.   If…

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Recruiting Middle School Girls For Wellness Program In Philadelphia

Recruiting Middle School Girls for Wellness Program in Philadelphia

LEAVES, a free public health and social action program for girls in 4th-8th grade, will resume this month.   GrassROOTS is training girls to be healthy and how to use their healthy energy to make a difference in the world.   Our curriculum focuses on four key elements of adolescent girls’ development: Physical Health (healthy eating and physical activity) Mental Health (self-confidence and positive self-image) Sexual Health (informed sexual decision-making) Economics of Health (how money affects our health)   Girls…

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Year In Review – 2016

Year in Review – 2016

Happy Holidays!! We thank you for being a GrassROOTS Investor. We appreciate that you have shared your valuable time, dollars, and energy with us. Because of you, we are helping to create a world where all girls grow up to be healthy women.  Read our Year in Review report to see your investments in action.   Please continue to support, and if you have not already made your annual investment, you can do so at www.grassrootscommunityfoundation.org/INVEST   To your health,…

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2016 Give Thanks Benefit Gala

2016 Give Thanks Benefit Gala

GrassROOTS, Mona Scott-Young, CEO, Monami Entertainment and Marley Dias, Founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks hosted the 5th Annual Give Thanks Benefits Gala, to raise funds to support GrassROOTS’ work in New Jersey.   This year’s Give Thanks honored three Wellness Warriors. Women who despite of their own mental health challenges have shown great courage in the face of their own devastating health challenges but continue to selflessly give back to their communities. We also recognized Volunteer of the Year, Sherille Raymond who…

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Turkey Challenge Winner

Turkey Challenge Winner

Mona Scott-Young remains the reigning champion of the Turkey Challenge; second place goes to a late and great newcomer Yandy Smith-Harris.  We are so thankful for support of Faith Evans and Naturi Naughton. Special love to our board members, staff and our Philadelphia supporters. We could not do this community work without you. All donations goes to our #GiveBack efforts for residents of Georgia King Village and families in the Greater Newark community.  

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