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Today We’re Celebrating Girls Like Marley!

Today we’re celebrating girls like Marley!

Thank you United State of Women for highlighting SuperGirl Marley Dias.   Meet Marley Dias, one of the youngest changemakers we know. As soon as she learned how to read, Marley couldn’t put books down. But she quickly realized there were far more books about boys and their dogs than about girls that looked like her. And at the young age of 11, Marley decided to do something about it. She began collecting books where girls of color were the…

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2017 Black Girl Excellence Award

2017 Black Girl Excellence Award

The Black Girl Excellence Award honors black girls who have demonstrated through their actions in the community high levels of integrity, academic excellence and ingenuity. This award was created to celebrate the ways in which black girls are broadening the imagination and the possibilities for others. Winners are celebrated for their ability to influence and transform the ways we think about and engage black girls.   Requirements: Must identify as a black girl Between 10-18 years old Resident of New Jersey Making…

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HealthCare Fellows Program

HealthCare Fellows Program

This summer SuperCamp introduced a groundbreaking program for LEAVES girls, the HealthCare Fellows Program in partnership with RWJBarnabas Health. Over four weeks LEAVES SuperGirls (grades 5-8) interned at five designated work sites within the RWJBarnabas System including Newark Beth Israel Medical Center and Saint Barnabas Medical Center.   The long term goals of the fellowship program were to help to decrease healthcare’s influence on health disparities; Increase secondary educational achievement for girls; and support community infrastructure. Immediate goals were to…

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Black Girl Book Club

Black Girl Book Club

SuperCamp 2017 was an incredible four weeks filled with learning, building, growing and leading. This year’s theme RESISTANCE exposed the girls to issues around bullying, white supremacy, immigration, the arts, and the legal system. SuperGirls heard from renowned scholars including Khalil G. Muhammad, PhD, Professor of History, Race and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School, Mary Stricker, PhD of Temple University and professionals like the Honorable Victoria Pratt from Newark Municipal Court and Public Relations Professional and cultural curator Tiana…

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5th Annual R3: Roots, Rock Run 5k Race

5th Annual R3: Roots, Rock Run 5k Race

GrassROOTS Community Foundation’s fifth annual R3: Roots, Rock Run 5k race was held on Saturday, June 3rd. Nearly 400 women, men, and children came out to the Anna L. Lingelbach School in Germantown to enjoy the interactive and fun morning of family wellness activities. The event provided something for everyone including free giveaways, music, and medals. The three top winners ran an average of 20.79 minutes. They each received race medals and the top two winners received tickets to the…

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City of Plainfield Hosted Plainfield High School Students in a One-Day “Youth Take Over”

Plainfield, NJ - May 31, 2017- The City of Plainfield and the GrassROOTS Community Foundation recently hosted a Youth Take Over Day of City Hall involving almost 40 students from Plainfield High School.   The one-day event served to educate, promote civic engagement, and expose the students to career opportunities in public service.   The students were taken by bus from Plainfield High School to City Hall where they met Mayor Adrian O. Mapp and over thirty Department and Division heads from the City administration team. They had breakfast with their adult mentors and  had the opportunity to work with their mentors throughout the day and get a firsthand…

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City Of Plainfield To Host High School Students In “Youth Take Over”

City of Plainfield to Host High School Students in “Youth Take Over”

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The City of Plainfield has joined with the GrassROOTS Community Foundation to host a “Youth Take Over” at City Hall. The one-day event serves to educate, promote civic engagement, and expose Plainfield High School students to career opportunities in public service.   The students will be taken to City Hall where they will meet the Mayor, have breakfast with their adult mentors and go through a job orientation. Throughout the day, they will shadow the mentors, learning…

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HealthCare Fellows Program

HealthCare Fellows Program

RWJBarnabas and GrassROOTS collaborate to develop HealthCare Fellows Program GrassROOTS Community Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of its “HealthCare Fellows Program.”  For the summer of 2017, GrassROOTS will work in collaboration with RWJBarnabas to begin the development of a pipeline program for Black girls in healthcare. Extending from the traditional STEM framework, girls will learn about the business and policy practices in the implementation and operation of a healthcare system.   Healthcare will be the largest industry in…

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