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Social Action Projects

At GrassROOTS, we train young black girls to use their skills and talents to make a difference in the world. Leadership training begins in the first grade and extends through high school. By the time our girls are in sixth grade, we begin assessing their capacity to share what they have been taught in our leadership development programs. Social action projects is our primary mechanism for evaluating their leadership competencies.


More specifically,  we use social action projects to evaluate girls’ leadership abilities to:

Initiate Ideas

Galvanize Peers

Garner Community Support

Execute a Project

1000 Black Girl Books

Initiative aimed at collecting and donating 1000 books where black girls are the main character.

Led by Marley Dias, #1000BlackGirlBooks

Math Wiz Games

STEM-based games aimed at improving girls’ confidence in mathematics.

Led by Amina Anekwe, #MathWizGames

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Room For Change

a room renovation project for unaccompanied minors living at the Newark YMCA.

Led by Crynthia Anderson, #RoomForChange

Full Court Dress

A charity basketball game to collect winter coats for youth in Newark.

Led by Tori Fergus, #FullCourtDress

Full Court Dress

A program aimed at educating youth and adults about healthy eating.

Led by Huntar Hayes, #Food4Life Summit

Zen Zone

A wellness go-box for youth coping with chronic pain.

Led by Ariyan Wint, #ZenZone

What Orphans Want

A benefit concert that raises funds to grant wishes to orphan youth.

Led by Olivia Raymond,  #WhatOrphansWant

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