About #EndPeriodPoverty GrassROOTS has taken a global approach to the issue of period poverty. As us, we are collecting and donating sanitary supplies to girls in Newark, Jamaica, and Ghana. This work is an imperative because across the world girls living in poverty will miss almost one third of a school year, simply because they menstruate. These are often the same girls who are eligible for free and reduced lunches. Therefore, because of the bias and stigma around…
Our summer leadership program for girls of African descent
In the summer of 2017, GrassROOTS Community Foundation in partnership with RWJFBarnabas participate in the Healthcare Fellows Program. RWJBarnabas provided 32-Hours (combined) “Introduction to Healthcare” Fellowship Rotation. Girls completed 5 rotations in the following divisions: Marketing Pharmacy Social Work Technology Government Policy
SuperCamp is the intensive leadership training experience of the GrassROOTS Community Foundation SuperGirls Society. The program has been in operation since summer 2011. The training program focuses on building self-efficacy, confidence, sisterhood and a dedication to service.
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…
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.
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
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…
SuperCamp creates a safe space for black girls to reveal and use their magic.
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.