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: https://www.vote.org/voter-registration-deadlines/   #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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GCF goes global

From New Jersey to Haiti, Jamaica and Ghana, GrassROOTS work has expanded beyond the United States.   In June 2019, SuperGirl Olivia’s project and JetBlue brought us to Haiti to support orphaned youth and students. Additionally, we have amplified our efforts to increase educational opportunities for girls. GCF Team members  made several trips to Jamaica and a seminal trip to Ghana.   In collaboration with  Uzima Dance Fitness in Newark, Her Flow Foundation in Jamaica and the Rotary of Accra-Airport…

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Greek series sweatshirts for sale

African and African-American communities have a deeply rooted philanthropic culture, and this tradition extends to Black Greek-letter organizations. This tradition is grounded in the idea that “strangers” become family and community members.   This year, we received unprecedented support from members of Greek organizations. We honor them and this tradition with the limited-edition Greek Hoddie series, representing the Delta Sigma Theta, Zeta Phi Beta and Alpha Kappa Alpha.

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Day 3 of #EndPeriodPoverty Ghana

On Day 3, the GrassROOTS team and members of the Rotary flew to Tamale.   We visited the Zosiimli Girls Junior High School in Tamale, Ghana. We distributed 3 months supply of  sanitary napkins to 250 girls. We also donated and black girl books donated from the #1000blackgirlbooks collection. This work is done in collaboration with the Rotary of Accra-Airport City

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#GivingTuesday

We are so grateful for your support in providing funds to our initiatives and programs.   Because of you, this year, we have been able to provide healthy meals to hundreds of families in New Jersey and Georgia; supply period products to over 1000 girls in the United States, Jamaica and Ghana and build a pipeline of girl leaders.   This #GivingTuesday, we ask for your help once more.   There is one area in which we need additional resources: OPERATIONS.…

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