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Advocate for Girls Honorees 2019

On Saturday November 16, 2019 we will honored a group of thoughtful and dedicated community change agents. This year we are celebrating 3 women educators who are Advocates for Girls. Join us at our Give Thanks event as we elevate those around us who are the change we want to see in the world.     Meet Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams—Advocate for Girls Honoree 2019.   Dr. Antoinette Ellis-Williams graduated from Seton Hall, with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. She…

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Day 1 of #EndPeriodPoverty Ghana

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. Grassroots Community Foundation joins Rotary Club in Accra City, Ghana

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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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#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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ZenZone Social Action Project

Thank you for supporting SuperGirl Ariyan’s ZenZone social action project. Because of your generous support Ariyan has successfully raised $500 for the Arthritis Foundation. Through your donations she was able to create 100 go-boxes for youth coping with invisible pain. Each box with ice packs, comfy socks, zen coloring books, stress balls, and fidget spinners will help to provide comfort to youth who experience this chronic and sometime debilitating illness.   On June 2nd in West Orange, New Jersey, Ariyan in…

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WhatOrphansWant Benefit Concert

SuperGirl Olivia is using her birthday wish to grant the wishes of youth in Haiti. Her social action project is titled #WhatOrphansWant. On June 15, 2019, she is hosting a benefit concert to raise funds to help students and orphans in Haiti. Below is the summary of student’s wish list. W.O.W Wishlist 1 Bible 23 Bicycles 8 Book Bags 5 Cars 15 Cell phones 8 Outfits including clothing, suits and uniforms 2 Dolls 4 Animals including goats and cows 1…

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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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