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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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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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SuperGirls Society Applications Are Now Open

SuperGirls Society Applications are Now Open

The purpose of the SuperGirls Society (SGS) is to support the health and wellbeing of Black girls, foster sisterhood, and to serve as an example of Black girl excellence. SGS is a branch of the GrassROOTS Community Foundation’s SuperCamp program. Based on the four principles of Maat: Truth, Order, Balance, and Reciprocity — this unique association provides a safe community space for public health and social action programming for girls of African descent.   SuperGirls Society realizes the importance of…

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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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Grassroots Starts Sorority With Focus On Sisterhood And Service

Grassroots Starts Sorority with Focus on Sisterhood and Service

In response to the community requests, the GrassROOTS Community Foundation has formed the SuperGirls Society.   The purpose of the SuperGirls Society (SGS) is to support the health and wellbeing of Black girls, foster Black sisterhood, and to serve as an example of Black girl excellence. SGS is a branch of the GrassROOTS Community Foundation’s SuperCamp program. Based on the four principles of Maat: Truth, Order, Balance, and Reciprocity -- this unique association will provide a safe community space for…

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SuperGirls Learn The Basics Of Good Mental And Sexual Health

SuperGirls Learn the Basics of Good Mental and Sexual Health

Mental Health: Identity Our goal is to increase self-efficacy and girls’ confidence. In so doing we strive to reduce incidences of anxiety and depression, and suicide rates. Kazi of The Medicine Lifestyle, taught the New Jersey SuperGirls about focus, form, and force through the art of Tai Chi. Campers learned this ancient art to help cultivate their ability to quiet their minds and bodies. The girls met the practice with initial resistance, but eventually perfected their movements and breathing techniques.…

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