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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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SuperCamp Application for girls 1st-5th grade is now open (Summer 2019)

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 girls of African descent and their caregiving circle. This unique association provides public health and social action programming with an emphasis on sisterhood and service.   This…

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Help Us End Period Poverty

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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SuperCamp Showcase

This year’s SuperCamp theme is MOBILIZATION.   SuperGirls learned about four key areas of mobilization for people of African descent: the African experience on the continent as well as the Abolitionist, Voting Rights/Suffrage, the Civil Rights and Black Lives Matter movement in the US. They learned about the ways in which activists define the social issues, raised awareness, build coalitions, developed strategies as well as the way we have implemented and monitored success in an effort to move toward sustainable change. More specifically, SuperGirls studied African and African American History,…

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