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SuperCamp 2020

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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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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Period Poverty and Food Insecurity are harming our girls

In 2019, GrassROOTS members have provided over 50,000 sanitary napkins to 1000 girls in the US, Jamaica and Ghana—yet that is not enough.  1 in 4 girls will miss school each year because they do not have the supplies necessary to have a healthy period. These same girls are often recipients of free and reduced meals. In New Jersey, we have partnered with Uzima Dance Fitness to build a pantry at Central High School.   On Giving Tuesday, GCF and…

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#GreenRibbonWeek Update

#GreenRibbonWeek—a SuperGirl lead public health initiative aimed at supporting youth mental health—was a raging success.   Throughout the week of September 14th, adults and youth showed their commitment to supporting positive mental health for youth.   Adults at Mastercard and GlaxoSmithKline donned their green and posted online.   Youth at Kelly Elementary School, Roosevelt Middle School, and West Orange High School flooded the hallways with their green.   West Orange High School and Central High School in Newark held yoga…

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SuperGirl Amina News

SuperGirl Amina is the girl ambassador for the #EndPeriodPoverty campaign. She traveled with the GCF team to Jamaica earlier this year and now she is traveling to Accra. With the support of the Rotary Club of Accra, Proctor and Gamble, Uzima Dance Fitness and Dr. Tiffenia Archie, Amina and the GCF board members Dr. Janice Johnson and Lisa Maxwell, they will deliver sanitary napkins to four schools across Ghana. In 2020, GCF will be forming year round pantries for girls.…

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End Period Poverty in Newark NJ

Girls in poverty will miss almost one third of a school year, simply because they are a girl. Thirty-seven states tax girls and women for period products.   As early as age 9, the majority of girls will begin menstruation. This launch into womanhood constitutes many changes to their lives. For girls with meager and limited resources menstruation introduces new and more stressful financial burdens. The consequences of which can impede their educational achievements. The effects are compounded for those…

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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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#WhatOrphansWant Update

The GrassROOTS Team traveled to Haiti on June 15th for the #WhatOrphansWant social action initiative by SuperGirl Olivia Raymond. The trip followed the What Orphans Want Benefit Concert just a week prior, which raised $12,000 to grant the wishes of youth in Haiti. $5,000 of the dollars raised was donated to Child Hope International, an orphanage located in Port-au-Prince. The remaining dollars were spent on granting the individual wishes of children at the Love in Action School in Guirand.  …

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SuperGirls Showcase

SuperGirls Showcase what they learned during SuperCamp 2019 Join our brilliant and talent group of girls as they share what they have learned during SuperCamp 2019. At the showcase, SuperGirls will: Perform Poetry Dance Afrobeats Dance Hip-hop Present their academic research SuperCamp is a leadership camp for girls of African descent. We train girls to use their gifts and talents to make a difference in the world. During our intensive leadership camp girls work to gain or bolster self-efficacy, body…

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Wellness Wednesday

Join us for Wellness Wednesdays with the SuperGirls   No sign-up necessary   12:15pm with Newark Yoga Movement Military Park Newark, New Jersey   Bring water and yoga mat For questions: info@grassrootscommunityfoundation.org

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