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Green Ribbon Week 2020

Join the GrassROOTS SuperGirls’ public health initiative #Green Ribbon Week - a campaign to promote positive mental health of youth.   #GreenRibbonWeek is September 21-25th   The campaign goals are: For YOUTH: Educate yourself and youth around you about ways to maintain good mental health. Model ways for peers to adopt daily healthy lifestyles within their communities, especially their schools and homes.   For ADULTS: Encourage adults to engage in practices that facilitate dialogue with young people. Provide examples for…

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Quantitative Public Health Data Literacy Training – Video

This summer GrassROOTS Community Foundation and New York University School of Global Public Health collaborated on a free 4-week quantitative public health data literacy bootcamp for high school and undergraduate students. The course introduces students to R (available free) and Stata (free 1-month licenses provided to participants).   Twenty-six national and international scholars of color whose work employs quantitative methodology welcomed the students to the course.   This welcome video highlights these scholars and makes the case for why quantitative…

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The Sugar Issue

At GrassROOTS we are devoted to promoting wellness by helping our community members eat healthier and moving more as well as sharing their knowledge with each other. In so doing we hope to reduce the incidences of obesity and optimizing well-being. For these reasons, we ask that community members reduce or eliminate artificial sugars from their daily diets. Instead, we ask that community members choose healthy, natural sugars from fruits.
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Quantitative Public Health Data Literacy Training

Dr. Melody S. Goodman is the Associate Dean for Research and Associate Professor of Biostatistics at New York University School of Global Public Health. Dr. Janice Johnson Dias is an Associate Professor of Sociology at John Jay College and the President of the GrassROOTS Community Foundation, a training organization with an emphasis on public health and social justice. Drs. Goodman and Johnson Dias have over 10 years of collaborative partnership that is focused on increasing research literacy among non-academic audiences.…

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SuperCamp 2020 Volunteers

If you would like to get involved and make a difference in the lives of young girls, below are some areas of need. Fill out the form on this page and let us know what you are interested in supporting our summer leadership academy for girls of African ancestry.   SuperCamp operates from July 6th thru July 31st All volunteers must complete a criminal and sexual abuse background check. CPR/AED Training is not required but is a bonus.    Lead…

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SuperCamp 2020 (Virtual)

The same camp that trained SuperGirl Marley Dias, founder of the #1000BlackGirlBooks campaign, is now accepting applicants. If you live in and around Essex County, New Jersey, you are eligible to apply for our SuperGirlsSociety (SGS) and our summer academy SuperCamp.   SGS is a family-based yearlong leadership development program for girls of African descent and their caregiving circle. This sisterhood and service group provides training in African and African-American history, public speaking, mental, sexual and physical health as well as…

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Roots, Rock, Run 5k returns

On May 30th, the morning of the Roots Picnic, we will host our annual R3 race. Roots, Rock, Run 5k training and race is GrassROOTS’ public health initiative aimed at bringing awareness of the importance of physical activity and living healthy lives.   In an effort to prepare for the race, we are hosting four “meet-ups”. Join us on Kelly Drive at 9:00am on April 11, April 18, May 2 and May 16.   Location: NEW THIS YEAR - Martin…

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Protect the Democracy by Voting

Social Justice Dialogue The right to vote is one of the key democratic markers of inclusion in a democracy. Significant structural obstacles have been put in place to obstruct and/or suppress people’s access to and engage in this democratic process.   We are therefore providing you with additional information to ensure that you can exercise your rights. Below is a link that will provide you with voter registration deadline by state:   #protectthedemocracy #vote   Feeling under-informed about the…

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Her Flow Foundation and Shelley Ann Weekes

Partner Spotlight: Her Flow Foundation and Shelley Ann Weekes HerFlow is a Social Enterprise formed by Author and Activist Shelly-Ann Weeks to address the stigma and shame associated with menstruation, end period poverty in Jamaica, and become a source of information for Female Reproductive Health.   Her Flow has organized and co-partnered with GrassROOTS in our efforts to remove the blockades that prevent or obstruct girls’ educational access.   On April 3, Her Flow has once again collaborated to produce…

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