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Banned Book Club

Books are mirrors and windows for children. They offer opportunities to explore themselves and to gain insight into the lives of others. This book club provides and creates space for children to enjoy reading and to build community with each other.
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Read Across Jamaica

Education Week 2023 Project Focus: Libraries

This year, GCF in collaboration with the Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ), Marley Dias and the Ministry of Education in Jamaica is collecting 2,000 culturally diverse books for donations. We are particularly interested in books where Black girls and boys, Southeast Asians, and Chinese are the main characters. These populations represent the diversity of the population of Jamaica.   This year, renowned and celebrated author Jacqueline Woodson will be joining our Read Across Jamaica efforts.   We have made…

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#investingirls Giving Tuesday

Help GrassROOTS Community Foundation bring SuperCamp on the Road in 2023! This past summer, July 23- 30, GrassROOTS in collaboration with Dr. Melissa Harris-Perry and the Anna Julia Cooper Center mobilized a dozen Black girls and women to participate in an immersive one week living and learning project.   Our goal: to learn more about Black land use and food supply in North Carolina. With your help, we will repeat this work in Virginia at Monticello in 2023.   Read…

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GiveThanks 2022

Give Thanks

GrassROOTS Community Foundation in partnership with Uzima Dance Fitness and Kindred The Family Soul are uniting once more to #GiveThanks.   TeamTia + TeamLisa + TeamAja + TeamJanice are united to = TeamGive.   Collaboratively, we are raising $20,000 to support girls, women and families in Newark, Philadelphia and Boston.   Funds raised will provide meals for elders and community members at Georgia King Village, Newark, NJ;  families in Philadelphia, PA who are food-insecure and domestic violence survivors in Boston, MA…

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Green Ribbon Week 2022

Join the GrassROOTS SuperGirls’ public health initiative #Green Ribbon Week - a campaign to promote positive mental health of youth.   #GreenRibbonWeek is September 19th-23rd   The campaign goals are: Educate youth about ways to maintain good mental health practices. Encourage adults to engage in practices that facilitate dialogue with youth. Make conversations about mental health as common as conversations about physical health.

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Original SuperGirls are off to college

Congratulations goes out to SuperGirls Marley Dias, Amina Anekwe and Tori Fergus.   Eleven years ago, we started with five SuperGirls, three remained with the program for all ten years. Now they are off to college.   Tori Fergus will attend Columbia University and major in Biology. Amina Anekwe will attend New York University and major in History. Marley Dias will attend Harvard College and major in Government.   Thank you for investing in our girls. #SuperGirls  

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Quantitative Public Health Data Literacy is back!

NYU School of Global Public Health and the GrassROOTS Community Foundation present   Quantitative Public Health Data Literacy Training Get real-world data literacy training Explore. Visualize. Model. Make inferences   The global pandemic increased the public’s demand for information. Almost daily, media and policymakers present numbers on testing, deaths, hospitalization rates, and vaccine distribution. This information often includes data visualizations and tables viewers must interpret to better understand the pandemic’s scope and its impact on local communities and countries worldwide.…

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Ministry of Imagination – Education Week and Read Across Jamaica Day 2022

GrassROOTS Community Foundation Partners with Book Industry Association of Jamaica (BIAJ) to launch “Ministry of Imagination” for Education Week and Read Across Jamaica Day 2022.   The COVID-19 pandemic has had a devastating impact on children’s learning, well being, and imagination, around the world. In Jamaica, thousands of children, from some of the most vulnerable households were directly impacted with significant learning loss. The recently launched Jamaica Education Transformation Committee (JETC) Report confirmed that  “almost 60 per cent of students…

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