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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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#1000BlackGirlBooks Fundraiser

Marley Dias will be doing a special Instagram Live event called 1 Year Anniversary of Club Quarantine with special guest.   IG Live Rooms: Adam w/ D-Nice & Friends —Javicia Leslie (Batwoman) and Marley Dias (#Founder of #1000BlackGirlBooks) Date/Time: Thursday, March 18 @ 4:30 PM PT/ 7:30 PM ET Host: Adam Mosseri (Head of Instagram) @mosseri   Please support the #1000BlackGirlBooks Campaign live on Instagram on March 18, 2021.Below are options to donate to the campaign.   Donate with PayPal: Raise funds to offset the cost…

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SuperGirl Marley Dias hosts and executive produces a Netflix series

Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices is a live-action collection of twelve five minute episodes featuring prominent Black celebrities and artists reading children's books from Black authors that highlight the Black experience.   The series premiered on 1 September and is available to watch globally on Netflix as well as Netflix Jr. YouTube channel. It includes 12 episodes, each around 5 minutes.  

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End Period Poverty in Ghana

The work contributes. October 12-17 we continue the work to help #endperiodpoverty.   SuperGirl Ambassador Amina Anekwe will lead this initiative. We will visit four schools and donate 2500 sanitary napkins.   Each girl will get up to 3 months supply of resources including a book from SuperGirl Marley Dias’ #1000blackgirlbooks campaign.   Mrs. Alberta Ekar made each of the 500 reusable bags for the girls.     Also joining the trip is GrassROOTS President Dr. Janice Johnson Dias and…

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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…

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International Day of the Woman

International Day of the Woman gives us an opportunity to honor women who enhance our joy and our liberty.   GrassROOTS celebrates two hardworking Supermoms who inspire our girls and embody our work.   There are so many stories like these so we encourage each of you to watch these videos, then handwrite a letter and read it to a woman in your life. Call her or send a video to tell her how she helps to enhance your joy…

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Invest in Black Girls Leadership Training

After years of success in New Jersey and a short pilot in Philadelphia, GrassROOTS Community Foundation is ready to expand our girls leadership training model. We are seeking your support to develop more black girl changemakers.   Support black girl leadership in New Jersey and Philly by donating today!!   SuperCamp: The Leadership Training Experience  For 8 years, we have trained 50+ black girls at SuperCamp, the summer intensive leadership training program where our SuperGirls learn the foundation of becoming changemakers.  …

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SuperCamp application for girls 1st-8th grade is now open (Summer 2018)

The same camp that trained SuperGirl Marley Dias is now accepting applicants. Applications for our leadership development program are open. If you live in the City of Philadelphia and Essex County, New Jersey, you are eligible to apply for our SuperGirlsSociety (SGS).  SGS is a family-based yearlong leadership development program that works with black girls (1st thru 8th grade) and their caregiving circle. This unique association provides public health and social action programming with an emphasis on sisterhood and service.…

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Marley Receives the Smithsonian’s American Ingenuity Award

It wasn’t the sudden dinner theater that got the crowd on its feet, though. The lone ovation was reserved for 12-year-old Marley Dias, who launched an initiative called #1000BlackGirlBooks out of frustration that most of the literature she was being assigned in her Philadelphia-area school “were about white boys and their dogs.” Her project set out to find—and donate—1,000 books with black, female protagonists; so far she’s collected 10,000.   Click on the source link below to see full article and Marley's…

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