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Give Thanks For Girls Gala

Give Thanks For Girls Gala

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.   The 2017 GIVE THANKS for Girls Benefit Gala…

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Marley Dias Speaking At Liliuokalani Trust: WSJ Article

Marley Dias speaking at Liliuokalani Trust: WSJ article

Now 12 years old, Marley has written the book she felt was missing from her school: a story about a black girl by a black girl.   “Marley Dias Gets It Done: And So Can You!” is being published by Scholastic Inc. and will be released Jan. 30. Marley said she wanted to use her own experience in activism to show anyone can make positive changes in their communities despite their age.   “I’ve always wanted to be an author,” Marley said…

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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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Roots Rock Run 5k Newark

Roots Rock Run 5k Newark

5K community walk/run and 1 mile walk to support GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF) wellness and public health initiatives in New Jersey. Led by Olympic runner Miki Barber, Director of Bloomfield Track and Field Programs, Coach Lisa Morgan, and Dupre “DoItAll” Kelly of 211 Community Impact and Lords of the Underground. September 30th. Beautiful Weequahic Park Track, 1 Thomas Carmichael Dr., Newark, NJ Registration opens at 8:00am, Come early!! It’s a party. Take selfies! Jam to some live reggae by Jah…

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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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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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