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  • STAFF SPOTLIGHT: D-Note and Espy!
    STAFF SPOTLIGHT: D-Note and Espy!
      Grassroots Health is proud to have Darien Thomas (aka D-Note),Program Manager, and Ana Esperanza Ávalos (Espy), Program Coordinator as part of our team! Both joined Grassroots Health back in the summer, and already they are making an INCREDIBLE IMPACT. This week they are representing Grassroots at the Catalogue for Philanthropy Change-Makers Event in Downtown DC - raising awareness and
  • Meet our Partners from Hogan Lovells!
    Meet our Partners from Hogan Lovells!
    You may have noticed that our organization is going through some BIG and EXCITING changes: sporting a new name and look and expanding programing to Philadelphia! As we grow, we want to take a moment to spotlight one of our strongest and long-lasting partners: the staff of Hogan Lovells. In addition to being sponsors of our recent Grassroots Gala, they
  • New Name, Same Soul!  The Grassroot Project is now Grassroots Health
    New Name, Same Soul!  The Grassroot Project is now Grassroots Health
     To our dear friends and supporters, We could not be more excited to share with you today that The Grassroot Project is now Grassroots Health. As you may have seen through past communications, our growing team and community partners have been working to position our organization to have a larger impact on national school-based health for young people. While
  • Building Connection and Growing Skills in Summer 2022 
    Building Connection and Growing Skills in Summer 2022 
    This summer has been an exciting time for the Grassroots Health team. We’ve had a busy few months growing professionally and preparing for the upcoming school year! Five Fellows, Five Weeks, One Mission  This summer, the goal of the Grassroots Health 5-week training fellow program was to provide student-athlete facilitators with the skills and knowledge necessary to recruit, train, and
  • Giving Back Became a Way of Life for The Howard Women’s Lacrosse Team
    Giving Back Became a Way of Life for The Howard Women’s Lacrosse Team
    by Alania James Talia Coryat, a rising senior at Howard University, has used her time as a college student to give back to the DC community. She is a leader among her peers in an organization called Grassroots. Grassroots trains hundreds of athletes, like Talia, to become coaches and natural leaders. Those athletes return to train upcoming fellows and pilot
  • Mothers: Strong, Resilient, and Supportive 
    Mothers: Strong, Resilient, and Supportive 
    Ways families are working with Grassroots to support growing students  By Alania James  Frances Thomas is the mother of eighth and ninth grade daughters who both have been part of the program for roughly four years now. Frances told us that attending sessions has been helpful for her, explaining that the program has helped her keep a line of communication
  • Grassroots Coaches Circle Members are Essential to Our Work
    Grassroots Coaches Circle Members are Essential to Our Work
    If you've heard the words "Grassroots Coaches Circle" floating around but are wondering, "what exactly is that?", then you've come to the right blogpost. The Coaches Circle is an honorary group open to all TGP supporters who make a recurring, monthly donation. Members choose the amount they contribute and can come and go from the circle at any time. We
  • Meet our Urban Alliance Interns: Névaeh and Ana!
    Meet our Urban Alliance Interns: Névaeh and Ana!
    TGP is excited to continue our partnership with Urban Alliance. With the help of UA and sponsors, TGP has two incredible new interns working with our program team in 2022: Névaeh and Ana! These high school seniors will support TGP's in-school health education programs, develop new professional skills, and put their leadership into practice with middle schoolers. We're excited to
  • TGP’s Virtual Experience: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Program Adaptations
    TGP’s Virtual Experience: Lessons Learned from COVID-19 Program Adaptations
    At Grassroots (TGP), we're constantly evaluating, evolving, and innovating our approach to health education and community engagement. So when the COVID-19 pandemic put a halt to in-person activities for young people in Washington, DC, our team had to be responsive to the needs of the community, answering the call for health education. We put our heads together, met with local
  • Welcoming Katie Steinour to Grassroots Team
    Welcoming Katie Steinour to Grassroots Team
    Grassroots is thrilled to announce that Katie Steinour has joined its growing team as the new Manager of Development & Communications. Katie moved to D.C. after spending nearly ten years in the Mississippi Delta working in education and non-profit development. She holds a Masters in Business Administration from Delta State University and is proud to call herself a Fighting Okra
  • TGP Welcomes Program Coordinators, Treniyyah Anderson and Lara Negrón Ocasio
    TGP Welcomes Program Coordinators, Treniyyah Anderson and Lara Negrón Ocasio
    Grassroots is thrilled to announce two new staff members, Treniyyah Anderson and Lara Negrón Ocasio. Treniyyah and Lara will be TGP’s first ever Program Coordinators as the organization plans for a return to in person programs this fall and continues to grow exponentially in DC! They will seek to both increase the quality of TGP programming in middle schools and
  • Supporter Spotlight – Lavar Curley Goes the Distance to Support Grassroots
    Supporter Spotlight – Lavar Curley Goes the Distance to Support Grassroots
    This month, we are excited to introduce Lavar Curley on the TGP blog. Lavar is a DC resident who initially learned about our work when he was searching for a charity to support as part of the Marine Corps Marathon Charity Partners program. Lavar has run multiple races to support us, and he has gone out of his way to
  • TGP Welcomes Dylan Wolfe and Elijah Murphy
    TGP Welcomes Dylan Wolfe and Elijah Murphy
    Grassroots is thrilled to welcome Elijah Murphy as the newest curriculum development intern and Dylan Wolfe as TGP’s Digital Communication Manager. “TGP is student-athlete centered to its core, the organization has been sustained for more than a decade because of the incredible work of student-athletes going above and beyond their sport & school work. Now, we have the pleasure of
  • Pride 2020
    Pride 2020
    As the month of June and Pride celebrations conclude, tomorrow, June 27th, will be the formal celebration of Global Pride. Pride is a celebration of progress, diversity, and visibility of the LGBTQ+ community. Pride allows individuals to have a platform to voice the needs and rights of LGBTQ+ people, and now more than ever, it reminds us of the origins
  • What is Juneteenth? A Brief History and its Present Day Implications
    What is Juneteenth? A Brief History and its Present Day Implications
    Every year on June 19th, Black communities celebrate Black culture, music, art, and reflect on the shared history and ongoing fight for racial justice and equity. Today marks the 155th anniversary of Juneteenth. June 19th, coined Juneteenth, is the holiday commemorating the effective end to slavery in the United States. Juneteenth comes from the combination of "June" and "nineteenth", the
  • Mental Health Awareness Month
    Mental Health Awareness Month
    Written and Illustrated by Niambi White About the author and illustrator: Niambi (“Nene”) is a high school senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School and intern with Grassroots through our Urban Alliance partnership.  Niambi is a self taught artist and her dream is to be a children’s book illustrator or a tattoo artist one day. You will see her accompanying her
  • Why Cory Camp Ran a Solo Full Marathon In Support of Grassroots
    Why Cory Camp Ran a Solo Full Marathon In Support of Grassroots
    On May 23rd, Cory Camp ran a solo full marathon in order to raise money and awareness for TGP’s commitment to health literacy and sport for development for DC youth. We decided to interview him and get to know about him and his journey to accomplishing this amazing feat! Cory Camp is the Assistant Fitness Director at Columbia Country Club
  • Best Netflix Movies To Watch Based On Your Zodiac Sign
    Best Netflix Movies To Watch Based On Your Zodiac Sign
    Written and Illustrated by Niambi White  About the author and illustrator: Niambi (“Nene”) is a high school senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School and intern with Grassroots through our Urban Alliance partnership.  Niambi is a self taught artist and her dream is to be a children’s book illustrator or a tattoo artist one day. You will see her accompanying her
  • How To Start A Self-Care Routine!
    How To Start A Self-Care Routine!
    Written and Illustrated by Niambi White About the author and illustrator: Niambi (“Nene”) is a high school senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School and intern with Grassroots through our Urban Alliance partnership.  Niambi is a self taught artist and her dream is to be a children’s book illustrator or a tattoo artist one day. You will see her accompanying her
  • 5 Easy, Healthy Meals to Make Without Leaving Your Home
    5 Easy, Healthy Meals to Make Without Leaving Your Home
    Written and illustrated by: Niambi White About the author and illustrator: Niambi (“Nene”) is a high school senior at Theodore Roosevelt High School. With the support of Urban Alliance, an organization that works to train and prepare high school students for college, work and beyond, Niambi started an internship with Grassroots in the fall. It wasn't until Niambi’s first day,
  • #MyTGPstory: Juice
    #MyTGPstory: Juice
    [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zy49Ydwv2oQ&feature=youtu.be[/embed] Juliana Saling, also known as Juice, is a Master Trainer at TGP and was a part of the second cohort of Master Trainer Interns during the summer of 2019. She is a Sophomore from Maplewood, New Jersey, and is majoring in Business Administration at American University with a specialization in Ethical Business Management and Consulting. Her goal is to
  • Meet Deidra Suber, TGP’s Newest Board Member
    Meet Deidra Suber, TGP’s Newest Board Member
    TGP is excited to welcome former volunteer Deidra Suber to our Board of Directors! She is a well-known name across the Grassroots family and the DC community, and we are excited to welcome her to our board. Take a few minutes to read more about Deidra here! [caption id="attachment_3342" align="alignleft" width="284"] Deidra Suber (formerly Sanders) trains Georgetown student-athletes to become
  • Getting to Know Ryan Vallette, the Brains Behind TGP’s Graphic Design
    Getting to Know Ryan Vallette, the Brains Behind TGP’s Graphic Design
    Ryan "Tortellini" Vallette comes to TGP through the renowned Scripps College of Communication at Ohio University. TGP has been lucky to host an intern from Scripps each semester for the past 2 years, and these interns have been vital to the production of TGP's graphics, photos, videos, and social media (among many other things!). In this blog, we check in
  • Getting to Know Rommel “QB” White
    Getting to Know Rommel “QB” White
    TGP is extremely excited to welcome Rommel "QB" White to our team as our first ever full-time Finance Manager. Rommel, who also goes by "QB" or "RJ," will be working to help prepare TGP for scale. He will lead day-to-day financial operations at TGP, in addition to helping us plan and budget for future growth. Rommel joins TGP after finishing
  • Goodbye and Thank You to Limbani and Lucia
    Goodbye and Thank You to Limbani and Lucia
    One of our amazing 2018-19 GHC fellows and our incredible Curriculum Development Intern are moving on from TGP. Their contributions to our success and growth this year cannot be overstated, and we are so grateful to them for all of their hard work. We're so excited to see what they accomplish in the future! We interviewed Limbani and Lucia about
  • I Have a CONNECTion
    I Have a CONNECTion
    They have done it! The students have completed the Grassroots curriculum and now have the health knowledge to begin sharing information and make healthy personal decisions. It’s time for Grassroots Connect! This is a special event where the Grassroots family celebrates students for putting their all into the 8-week health education programs, and the event also gives them health resources
  • We Are FAMily
    We Are FAMily
    Written by: Nea’la Prue When it comes to talking about sex, it can be very sensitive and uncomfortable. Now just imagine talking to 6th your grade son or daughter about sex. Imagine your 6th-grade daughter coming home and telling you that a seemingly random group of college student-athletes are coming into their P.E class once a week to teach them
  • Development of TGP’s New Mental Health Curriculum with American University Student-Athlete, Swezen Kizito 
    Development of TGP’s New Mental Health Curriculum with American University Student-Athlete, Swezen Kizito 
    Written by: Nea’la Prue Interviews done by: Nea’la Prue & Myaira Arnold For 10 years now, Grassroots (TGP) has been successful in facilitating school-based health education programs and increasing sexual health knowledge for sixth grade students in the Washington D.C area. In 2018, TGP launched a nutrition and physical health curriculum for the same students to receive when they reached
  • From My Head To-ma-toes
    From My Head To-ma-toes
    Written by Myaira Arnold Good nutrition advice is something that everyone needs in their lives and Grassroots makes sure that they provide that. Brooke Stapleton, an AU women's lacrosse player, Head Coach, and Curriculum Development Intern does her all to contribute to TGP’s commitment to facilitating Nutrition & Physical Health programs for DC middle schools. She heard about Grassroots in
  • Going from Athlete 2 Coach
    Going from Athlete 2 Coach
    Written by: Myaira Arnold, TGP Community Intern Interviews by: Myaira Arnold & Nea'la Prue, TPG Community Interns Athlete2Coach (A2C) trainings are a practice that all student-athletes volunteering with Grassroots (TGP) must go through before being facilitating in school programs. Grassroots trains student-athletes to facilitate discussions around Sexual Health, Nutrition & Physical Health, and soon Mental Health in DC middle schools.
  • Grassroots Insider: Getting to Know our 2018-19 Urban Alliance Interns
    Grassroots Insider: Getting to Know our 2018-19 Urban Alliance Interns
    What is your name? My name is Myaira Grassroot nickname and why ? My grassroots name is Peanut, and I got my name from my grandfather because he says my head is shaped like an almond...but "almond" is a weird name to call somebody, so he gave me the name "peanut." Fun/Interesting facts about you: I am really good at
  • Going Pro in Something Other Than Your Sport: TGP Career Night
    Going Pro in Something Other Than Your Sport: TGP Career Night
    TGP Athletes discuss future careers with Tom Rose, Ugwechi Amadi, Richard Livingstone, and Lydia Abebe (Robbie Haben not pictured) Written by: Swezen Kizito, a member of the men's soccer team at American University and a TGP Master Trainer. Navigating a career path is often a daunting process. No matter what the intended profession or professions are, there are always going to be
  • Grassroots: Using Sports to Promote Sexual Health and Positive Youth Development in DC
    Grassroots: Using Sports to Promote Sexual Health and Positive Youth Development in DC
    Compiled by Amanda Damelio Almost ten years ago, 40 student-athletes gathered in the living room of a two-bedroom apartment near Georgetown University. Their goal: fight alarmingly high, increasing rates of HIV transmission in our nation’s capital the best way that they knew how—through sports. Drawing inspiration from his volunteer experience with Grassroot Soccer in South Africa, the group’s leader, Tyler
  • Farewell to our 2017 Global Health Corps Fellows
    Farewell to our 2017 Global Health Corps Fellows
    This year has been an incredible one for TGP.  Much of the credit for that has to go to our two wonderful Global Health Corps fellows, Ruvimbo "Groovy Roovy" Mushavi and Sahaan "Soz" Sozhamannan.  With the help of their leadership, we revamped our curriculum, hosted our first-ever Grassroots Gala, instituted brand new parent programming, created the master trainer summer internship, and
  • Get to Know TGP’s New Global Health Corps Fellows!
    Get to Know TGP’s New Global Health Corps Fellows!
      This week, Grassroots welcomes two new program managers to our team, thanks to our strong partnership with Global Health Corps. While we are sad that our current fellows Ru and Sahaan are finishing up their fellowships, we could not be more thrilled to have Alex and Limbani join the TGP fam! Keeping with tradition, we did a quick Q&A
  • Farewell to Our Senior Leader Team Members
    Farewell to Our Senior Leader Team Members
    About a month has passed since our senior coaches graduated college! They played a huge role in shaping our organization over the past few years, and the importance of their hard work, commitment, and enthusiasm to the success of TGP cannot be overstated.  Each of the seniors featured in this post took on a leadership position in the organization in
  • Celebrating Our Teachers
    Celebrating Our Teachers
    In honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, we at TGP wanted to highlight the essential role that middle school teachers play in the success of our programs.  We asked some of our student-athlete coaches to talk about how the teachers of the classes they work with have helped their programs go well. These were their responses: “Coach U was super supportive
  • Reflections and Next Steps on National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
    Reflections and Next Steps on National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
    April 10, 2018, is National Youth HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NYHAAD).  On this day, we recognize the impact of HIV/AIDS on young people and acknowledge the amazing contributions of young people to the fight against HIV/AIDS.  The theme of this year’s NYHAAD is “Positively PowerFULL: Young People Building an AIDS-Free World”. To this end, we asked three of our student-athlete leaders on to reflect on these questions
  • So What Now?: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
    So What Now?: National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day
    The following post is written by Howard student-athletes Simone Counts ‘18 and Spencer Kelly ‘19, individual perspectives of being African-American and living in Washington, D.C. where HIV/AIDS is the highest percentage of affected people in the country. In order to understand the severity of a problem, one must first recognize it within their own community. For years African Americans have
  • The Inaugural Grassroots Gala
    The Inaugural Grassroots Gala
    The Inaugural Grassroots Gala In September 2017, Grassroots won the opportunity to partner with Hexagon – a local nonprofit organization that was founded in 1955. The organization is composed of people from all walks of life whose primary purpose is to compose and stage an all-original political, satirical, musical comedy revue annually, both for entertainment, and to raise money for
  • New Program Wrap-Up: “Grassroots Fam” Program for Parents and Caregivers
    New Program Wrap-Up: “Grassroots Fam” Program for Parents and Caregivers
    Grassroots Fam, New TGP Program, Is Off to a Great Start! by Sahaan Sozhamannan, Program Manager TGP is excited to report the successful completion of our first parent component to our comprehensive sexual programming. Grassroots Fam was a two-session program that was conducted for the parents and caregivers of one our current Fall 2017 6th grade programs. Grassroots Fam is
  • Q&A With Lauren t’Kint de Roodenbeke
    Q&A With Lauren t’Kint de Roodenbeke
    In the first of our series of interviews with our athlete leaders, we sat down with Lauren t’Kint de Roodenbeke.  Lauren is a senior at George Washington University and a member of the track and cross-country team.  She’s been on the TGP leadership team since the end of her freshman year. What’s your favorite Grassroots memory? My favorite Grassroots memory
  • Q&A with New Director of Programs Jane Wallis
    Q&A with New Director of Programs Jane Wallis
    We at Grassroots were so excited to welcome Jane Wallis, AKA J-Dub, as our new Director of Programs last month!  We sat down with Jane for a quick Q&A to learn more about her. What are you most looking forward to this year with Grassroots? I am most looking forward to contributing to the TGP team this year. The work
  • Get to Know TGP’s New Global Health Corps Fellows!
    Get to Know TGP’s New Global Health Corps Fellows!
    This week Grassroots welcomes two new program managers to our team, thanks to our strong partnership with Global Health Corps. While we are sad that our current fellow Monique is finishing up her fellowship, we could not be more thrilled to have Ruvimbo and Sahaan join the TGP fam. In sticking with tradition, we did a quick Q&A with both
  • TGP Testifies at the DC Council Hearing on Health
    TGP Testifies at the DC Council Hearing on Health
    On May 5th, TGP's Monique Miller, Spencer Kelly, and Kayla Giger testified at the DC Council's hearing on health. See below for a video of their testimonies and a reflection on the experience from Kayla (Georgetown Rowing '18). Kayla's Reflection: This month I was able to participate in a DC Department of Health budget oversight hearing to advocate for TGP.
  • Spring 2017 A2C Training Recap!
    Spring 2017 A2C Training Recap!
    This semester, we revamped Athletes2Coaches training, and we're so excited about how it went! During the first two weekends of February, we trained 48 athletes, both new and veteran, from American University, Georgetown University, George Washington University, and Howard University. Athletes at training represented eight different sports and a wide number of majors – from health science to international affairs
  • Gilead, ETAF, and George Preston Marshall Foundation Team Up with TGP to Launch New Wraparound Programs
    Gilead, ETAF, and George Preston Marshall Foundation Team Up with TGP to Launch New Wraparound Programs
    Grassroots is partnering with Gilead Sciences, The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation, and the George Preston Marshall Foundation in 2017 to pilot some exciting new programming! TGP prides itself on providing innovative, compelling HIV- and sexual health-related programming for DC youth. With funding from these partners, we will be able to expand our impact even more in 2017! We are currently planning a
  • Join Team Grassroots for the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon or 10K!
    Join Team Grassroots for the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon or 10K!
    Grassroots is excited to announce that we’re a 2017 Marine Corps Marathon official charity partner! We have 20 slots available for the MCM 10k race, and 40 slots for the full Marathon. If past years are any indication, these slots will go quickly! Want to join Team Grassroots? Here are your next steps: Visit our Crowdrise page: https://www.crowdrise.com/thegrassrootproject Select your
  • Thoughts on our All-Girls Curriculum from Athlete Christina Johnson
    Thoughts on our All-Girls Curriculum from Athlete Christina Johnson
    All of us here at Grassroots are very excited about the rollout of our pilot all-girls’ curriculum, Grassroots Girls! We thought we’d share a little bit more about how this curriculum came about as we begin to deliver it in two programs at Washington School for Girls. This year, TGP received a donation from the Nike Community Impact Fund and
  • Training Report from Athlete Natalie Clark
    Training Report from Athlete Natalie Clark
    This year’s Day 3 of A2C training was made so much more special by the guests we were lucky enough to have there!  Ms. Kevon Harris from OSSE started us off with some fun icebreakers and had a great time calling us by our Grassroots nicknames (Meat Man and Stan Halen were some favorites).  She also showed us how to
  • Consent: Not Just a College Problem
    Consent: Not Just a College Problem
    The first time many young people will hear about consent is their freshman year of college. Sitting in a large, over air-conditioned auditorium, students may watch the “Tea Consent” video or a skit that involves drinking and saying no to sex. There are small group discussions about “Yes Means Yes” and the now outdated “No Means No” slogan. There is
  • Introducing Our New GHC Fellow, Emma Sell-Goodhand!
    Introducing Our New GHC Fellow, Emma Sell-Goodhand!
    A little bit about Emma... Emma Sell-Goodhand was born and raised in Durham, North Carolina. She completed her undergraduate studies at UNC-Asheville, where she majored in International Studies and Spanish and played for the university’s soccer team. Emma is fluent in Spanish and has travelled extensively in Central and South America. She worked as a high school and elementary school
  • Help us Welcome Our New GHC Fellow, Monique Miller!
    Help us Welcome Our New GHC Fellow, Monique Miller!
    A little bit about Monique... Monique Miller hails from Toronto, Canada. Prior to joining TGP, Monique worked as a Program Officer with Engineers Without Borders in Malawi. In this role, she worked with national and district government, NGOs and Members of Parliament to advocate improved financing for sustainable Water, Sanitation and Hygiene service delivery. Monique holds a Masters in International Migration
  • The Next Challenge: “Getting to Zero” –  By Erin Boudreau
    The Next Challenge: “Getting to Zero” – By Erin Boudreau
    Zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. This is the “Getting to Zero” challenge. Currently there are 35million people worldwide living with HIV/AIDS. With HIV-related stigma still persistent today, it is commonly said that individuals die because of stigma, not HIV/AIDS. The World Health Organization cites fear of stigma and discrimination as the main reason why people
  • My personal and cultural development
    My personal and cultural development
    Shout out to Ebony 'Elbow' McKeever for this insightful piece on the impact of TGP's leadership trip to South Africa on her personal development! It definitely stirs a deeper understanding of race and racism while reinforcing the power of young people to have a positive influence. “To be free is not merely to cast off one's chains, but to live
  • Why Sport for Development works – By Erin Boudreau
    Why Sport for Development works – By Erin Boudreau
    Erin Boudreau is one of our most passionate and committed grassroots coaches who has been actively involved with TGP in our fight against HIV/AIDS in the district. Through this blog, the Leadership academy member shares with us her thoughts on why sport for development has such a great impact on all of us and how the United States stands to
  • Memoirs from South Africa- A celebration of diversity By Rori Ann Nalls
    Memoirs from South Africa- A celebration of diversity By Rori Ann Nalls
    Its time to hear from Rori Ann Nalls as she shares her personal experience of her time in the Rainbow Nation with the Leadership Academy! South Africa can be best described as a melting pot for obvious reasons.  Numerous cultures can be encountered on a daily basis in the shopping malls or walking down the streets.  Even your cab driver
  • TGP in South Africa- Play by Play!
    TGP in South Africa- Play by Play!
    So its time for the second blog from our Leadership team! -  Relive the exciting journey as Ebony Mckeever takes us through the wonderful places and awesome people that team TGP met on the return to our roots! Our first introduction to South Africa was our visit to the University of the Western Cape. We learned about their Sport for
  • HIV/AIDS: South Africa and the District of Columbia By Seamus Roddy
    HIV/AIDS: South Africa and the District of Columbia By Seamus Roddy
    Post the successful launch and completion of its inaugural Leadership Academy which took place in South Africa from June 1-14, 2015, TGP's Leadership Academy Students have embarked on a  journey to reflect and internalize their learnings within the context of their involvement with our programs in DC. Here's a blog from Seamus Roddy, the first in a series shared by our
  • Introducing Our New Global Health Corps Fellow: Imran Nadaph
    Introducing Our New Global Health Corps Fellow: Imran Nadaph
    Imran will be overseeing the position of Program Manger for Student Athlete Development in 2015-2016, where he is looking forward to working with young people to come together towards global health equity. We take this opportunity to learn more about him. (more…)
  • Introducing Our New Global Health Corps Fellow: Charles Rominiyi
    Introducing Our New Global Health Corps Fellow: Charles Rominiyi
    As we get set to start our 2015-2016 year we take this opportunity to introduce our new Global Health Corps Fellow: Charles Rominiyi via our rapid fire Q&A! (more…)
  • Rodders Says Goodbye!
    Rodders Says Goodbye!
     It was encouraging to hear student athletes examine their own positions as coaches in a TGP program and what we need to improve in our interaction with youth. (more…)
  • Otter’s Farewell Message!
    Otter’s Farewell Message!
    It’s been a privilege to be on staff with Grassroots (TGP) as the Core Programs Manager through a fellowship with the Global Health Corps. (more…)
  • Grassroots Launches First Ever Leadership Academy
    Grassroots Launches First Ever Leadership Academy
    Grassroots (TGP) is an organization equally dedicated to the development of its coaches as leaders in their community as it is to fight HIV/AIDS in the Washington DC area. In this light TGP selected six student-athletes from George Washington University, Howard University and Georgetown University to launch its inaugural Leadership Academy which will take place in South Africa from June
  • Coach Feature Story: Erin “Boody” Boudreau
    Coach Feature Story: Erin “Boody” Boudreau
    " Grassroots introduced me to many public health concerns, and taught me that there are actual solutions to systematic problems, such as HIV/AIDS in DC" (more…)
  • Putting Faces to the 1 in 20 Statistic
    Putting Faces to the 1 in 20 Statistic
    Before any student-athlete can participate in one of Grassroots programs, they must attend four training sessions that are led by existing coaches and administration. During these training sessions, attendees will read and learn about The Grassroot Coaches Handbook, which outlines the key messages, lessons, and games that make up the foundation of Grassroots. (more…)
  • Grassroots and Global Health Corps Partner Up For Another Year
    Grassroots and Global Health Corps Partner Up For Another Year
    For the third year in a row Grassroots is partnering up with Global Health Corps to hire two full-time program managers. The partnership gives us the opportunity to recruit staff with local and international backgrounds and experiences. (more…)
  • Meet The Coaches: Seamus Roddy
    Meet The Coaches: Seamus Roddy
    Sport and physical education have shown that they can play an effective role in the fight against HIV/AIDS by providing a popular site for preventive education. In light of the proven capacity of sport to be effective against HIV/AIDS, the role of the facilitator or coach is instrumental in transmitting appropriate messaging and establishing an environment where youth feel comfortable
  • Marine Corps Marathon Recap
    Marine Corps Marathon Recap
    This past Sunday, October 26, 45 runners competed in the 39th annual Marine Corps Marathon here in Washington D.C. on behalf of Grassroots. “Team Grassroot,” as our runners are called, had our largest group in the history of our running programs. We take the opportunity in this blog to highlight some of their achievements and thanking them once again for
  • Q&A with Program Director Matt Mullman
    Q&A with Program Director Matt Mullman
    During his four years with Grassroots as an undergrad, Matt was able to take part in the TeamUp Exchange with South Africa, serve on the Leader Team, and represent Grassroots at the Clinton Global Initiative University (CGIU) conference. After graduating from Georgetown in 2013 with a BA in History, Matt is now leading staffing  and programming operations at TGP as
  • Spotlight on Marine Corps Marathon Runner: José Rodolfo Ramírez Díaz
    Spotlight on Marine Corps Marathon Runner: José Rodolfo Ramírez Díaz
    In this edition of our runner spotlight, we introduce Team Grassroot's international recruit: José Rodolfo Ramírez Díaz.  A native from Quéretaro, Mexico. José is looking to make something of tradition running full and half marathons internationally as he completed the Paris half marathon recently.  We are very excited to have José on board and take this opportunity to introduce him to the
  • TGP Welcomes New Executive Director Ryan Pettengill
    TGP Welcomes New Executive Director Ryan Pettengill
    A month in to his new role we take a couple of minutes to chat to Grassroots's new Executive Director Ryan Pettengill.  (more…)
  • Spotlight on Marine Corps Marathon Runner: Elise Johnson
    Spotlight on Marine Corps Marathon Runner: Elise Johnson
    Following our coverage of the Marine Corps Marathon. We would like to showcase some of the extraordinary individuals who have decided to raise money for Grassroots by running in the 26.2 mile race this fall. Featured this week is Elise Johnson from North Carolina.  Elise will race in this year's marathon to celebrate a special anniversary. (more…)
  • Spotlight on Marine Corps Marathon Runner:Kate Bush
    Spotlight on Marine Corps Marathon Runner:Kate Bush
    In the lead up to this year's Marine Corps Marathon, we would like to showcase some of the extraordinary individuals who have decided to raise money for The Grassroots Project by running in the marathon this fall. In the first of our bi-weekly section we meet Kate Bush a Mountain Bike Police Officer from Washington D.C. (more…)
  • Where Are They Now? Coach’s Highlight on Renée Tomlin
    Where Are They Now? Coach’s Highlight on Renée Tomlin
    Have you ever wondered what Grassroot coaches have been up to or where they’ve been since graduating?  In this series, we’re following former Grassroot coaches to see the paths they’ve taken and the impact that Grassroots has had on them. (more…)
  • Giving Thanks
    Giving Thanks
    Grassroots is thankful for more than turkey this Thanksgiving! (more…)
  • Alumni Spotlight: Adrian Mansylla
    Alumni Spotlight: Adrian Mansylla
    Check out a short Q&A with a recent Alumnus! (more…)
  • Marine Corps Marathon Runners Spotlight – Catherine Mills
    Marine Corps Marathon Runners Spotlight – Catherine Mills
    Only 3 days until the Marine Corps Marathon! Check out today's runners spotlight! Former Georgetown Rower and Grassroot Hoyas Coach Catherine Mills gives us a little info on herself for our last MCM runner’s spotlight. To donate to Catherine or any of the other runners, please visit the fundraising page here 1. Give us some background on yourself… I was
  • Marine Corps Marathon Runners Spotlight – Patrick Ingram
    Marine Corps Marathon Runners Spotlight – Patrick Ingram
    Only 12 more days till the big race! Check out today’s inspirational runners spotlight on Patrick Ingram! (more…)
  • Marine Corps Marathon Runners Spotlight – Ryan Flynn
    Marine Corps Marathon Runners Spotlight – Ryan Flynn
    19 days to go! Over the next few weeks, our TGP blog will be profiling some of our awesome MCM runners! Todays spotlight is on Ryan  Flynn. (more…)
  • The Coastal 5 – A 137 mile run for Grassroots
    The Coastal 5 – A 137 mile run for Grassroots
    137 miles. That’s about the distance from Washington D.C. to Philly. 137 miles is the distance our friend Callum Arnold will be running in order to raise money for Grassroots. This amazing run will all take place from September 18th – 22nd along the SW Coastal Path in Devon, England running from the county border in Lyme Regis, to the
  • TGP Welcomes First Full Time Staff Members!
    TGP Welcomes First Full Time Staff Members!
    We are only one week away from welcoming our first ever full time staff into the TGP office. (more…)
  • Team Grassroots takes on the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon
    Team Grassroots takes on the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon
    It was a great Sunday morning in Fredericksburg, as eight runners headed to the start line of the Marine Corps Historic Half Marathon(MCHH) to run for Team Grassroots. Made up of Grassroot Coaches, current and past, and other Grassroot supporters, Team Grassroots ran a combined 104.8 miles on Sunday morning. (more…)
  • Alumni Spotlight: Aliyah Glenn
    Alumni Spotlight: Aliyah Glenn
    This week’s Alum Spotlight is on Aliyah Glenn from HU Soccer. Check it out here! (more…)
  • School Spotlight: KIPP DC WILL Academy
    School Spotlight: KIPP DC WILL Academy
    School: KIPP DC WILL Academy Grade: 4-8 Founded: 1920 Principal: Kate Finley Grassroots Head Coach: Michelle Konkoly (more…)
  • Coach Spotlight: Michael Bourie
    Coach Spotlight: Michael Bourie
     4 Questions with Michael Seacat from GW Rowing! (more…)
  • Alumni Spotlight: Greg Accarino
    Alumni Spotlight: Greg Accarino
    This week's alum spotlight is on Greg Accarino from GU Men's Crew. Check it out here! (more…)
  • Coach Spotlight: Molly Bruh
    Coach Spotlight: Molly Bruh
    4 Questions with Molly Ha-Ha from GW Soccer! (more…)
  • Alumni Spotlight: Max Greenblum
    Alumni Spotlight: Max Greenblum
    This week's alum spotlight is on Max Greenblum from GWU Rowing. Check it out here! (more…)
  • School Spotlight: Paul Public Charter School
    School Spotlight: Paul Public Charter School
    School: Paul Public Charter School Grades: Middle-Junior High Founded: 1920 Principal: Barbara Nophlin Grassroots Head Coach: Mackenzie Jones Grassroots Nickname: Mac and Cheese (more…)
  • Coach Spolight: ToaVon Sheats
    Coach Spolight: ToaVon Sheats
    Four questions with Mr. Zone 6 from HU Football! (more…)
  • Alumni Spotlight: Ai Nishino
    Alumni Spotlight: Ai Nishino
      Check out our first alumni spotlight of the November Campaign, and join us by supporting our goal to raise $3K in 30 days! (more…)
  • Join us for our November Campaign!
    Join us for our November Campaign!
    Dear Grassroots Team and Supporters, Thanks for standing with us - it has been quite a year and we've really taken off! We’ve run programs in 31 schools across DC and trained more than 400 NCAA athletes from Howard, Georgetown, and George Washington Universities. (more…)
  • Calling All Maryland Student-Athletes…
    Calling All Maryland Student-Athletes…
    Grassroots is starting the process of our first expansion outside of DC! (more…)
  • Grassroots Attends the 26th Annual AIDS Walk
    Grassroots Attends the 26th Annual AIDS Walk
    Grassroots was a proud community partner in the 26th Annual AIDS Walk.  Nearly 30 Grassroot athletes and supporters participated in the walk on Saturday, which started at Freedom Plaza in northwest Washington D.C and was sponsored by Whitman-Walker Health.Over 5,000 people came out to support the cause and to help bring awareness about the HIV/AIDS. Grassroots team raised $1,650 for
  • Grassroots to Launch “Rock the Block” Campaign in 2012-2013
    Grassroots to Launch “Rock the Block” Campaign in 2012-2013
    On Thursday, August 30, TGP received a competitive grant in the amount of $30,500 from the HIV/AIDS, Hepatitis, STD, and TB Administration (HAHSTA) to launch a new program, the "Rock the Block" campaign. (more…)
  • Grassroot Leaders Take Over Disney World
    Grassroot Leaders Take Over Disney World
    “I was happy that I was selected to be a part of the Leadership Team, and I am ready to use what I learned this weekend to help make Grassroots even better!”- Diana Sainvil (Gtown ’14). (more…)
  • Grassroot Leaders Go to Disney World
    Grassroot Leaders Go to Disney World
    Grassroot leaders have fun with hats at Disney World.
  • Kicking off AIDS 2012 with a Shoutout from HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius
    Kicking off AIDS 2012 with a Shoutout from HHS Sec. Kathleen Sebelius
    Despite the rain, over 100 students from the DC area participated in a kick-off event for the 19th Annual International AIDS Conference at Bell Multicultural High School, Youth Score 2012. (more…)
  • Grassroot Ambassador Kia McNeill Shares Her Coach’s Story
    Grassroot Ambassador Kia McNeill Shares Her Coach’s Story
    Sport/Team Professional Women’s Soccer – Philadelphia Independence (more…)