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GrassROOTS Community Foundation’s Think F.A.S.T.E.R Conference

It was held on Friday, April 13, 2018 at Essex County College in Newark, NJ. This one of a kind convening that brings together high school and college girls from New Jersey focuses on offering strategies for how girls can succeed in Finance, Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering and Research.   Girl participants had an opportunity to meet with high-level executives from each of these fields. Each of these women investor has been specifically selected because their narratives mirror the girls we…

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Think F.A.S.T Conference Promo Video

Less than 15 percent of women of color are employed in management, business, and financial operations occupations. Yet, the new global marketplace demands their innovation and leadership.   Think F.A.S.T Conference: Girls Succeeding in FINANCE, ARTS, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY is daylong event that offers high school and college girls the chance to learn from women of color leaders with who have demonstrated innovation, entrepreneurship, ingenuity and leadership in the top growing industries.   Please visit our event page for upcoming conference.

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Give Thanks for Girls Benefit Gala 2017 – Video

The purpose of the Give Thanks for Girls Benefit Gala honors black girls who have demonstrated through their actions in the community high levels of integrity, academic excellence and ingenuity.   Proceeds from the event goes to supporting the GrassROOTS Community Foundation efforts in developing girl changemakers.   This year’s national honorees are: Marsai Martin of ABC’s Black-ish;, Haile Thomas, The Happy Organization and Mikaila Ulmer, Me and The Bees Lemonade.   Click HERE for full details

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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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Invest in Youth

Dr. Marc Lamont Hill speaking on the significance of young people being at the center of social change, and the importance of supporting organizations like GrassROOTS Community Foundation to strengthen and build communities.   Dr. Marc Lamont Hill is one of the leading intellectual voices in the country. He is the host of HuffPost Live and BET News, as well as a political contributor for CNN. He is also Distinguished Professor of African American Studies at Morehouse College.

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NJ 11-Year-Old Launches #1000BlackGirlBooks: Fox29

WTXF - 11-year-old Marley Dias, who was born in Philadelphia and lives in New Jersey, noticed recently that none of the books she was assigned at school featured anyone who looked like her.   So she responded by launching a book drive called #1000blackgirlbooks, with the goal of collecting 1,000 books featuring black female protagonists by the end of January. She plans to donate them to a library in Jamaica, with some of the books coming to Philadelphia as well.   Marley appeared on Good…

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