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  • Grassroots Goes to the American School Health Association National Conference
    Grassroots Goes to the American School Health Association National Conference
    Sharing Grassroots Health’s Best Practices Nationwide  In July, program coordinators Lara Negrón Ocasio and Treniyyah Anderson traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico to represent Grassroots Health and connect with lifelong educators, public health officials, and passionate community members at the American School Health Association (ASHA) Annual Conference. They shared Grassroots Health’s best practices, and engaged with other passionate people from across
  • Grassroots Wins Grant to Help Develop System-Wide Solutions to Improve Health and P.E.
    Grassroots Wins Grant to Help Develop System-Wide Solutions to Improve Health and P.E.
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Diana Gardner, Grassroots EMAIL: Diana@GrassrootProject.org Grassroots WINS HEALTHY SCHOOLS GRANT TO LEAD RESEARCH ON HEALTH AND PE IN WASHINGTON, DC SCHOOLS WASHINGTON, DC, December 7, 2021 – Grassroots (TGP) is honored to have been selected as the winner of the Healthy Schools Grant. The purpose of this grant, which comes with $120,000 of funding, is
  • 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
  • Statement on COVID-19
    Statement on COVID-19
    For the safety and health of our student-athletes, staff, and the broader community, TGP suspended all programming and transitioned to a virtual work from home model beginning March 13th. While these decisions have been difficult, making sacrifices is necessary in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19, as well as to do our part in flattening the curve and
  • 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
  • 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
  • Run with Grassroots in 2019 Marine Corps Marathon!
    Run with Grassroots in 2019 Marine Corps Marathon!
    CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO OUR MARATHON TEAM. Grassroots is a charity partner of the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon! We are thrilled to be able to host a team of runners (of all levels) who are looking to finish their first marathon, get a PR, or shoot for a spot on the podium -- all are welcome.  Runners will
  • AU Athlete Kira Flaherty Checks In After Grassroots Connect
    AU Athlete Kira Flaherty Checks In After Grassroots Connect
    The following reflection was written by Grassroots Coach Kira "Kir" Flaherty, a senior on the Women's Soccer Team at American University. Grassroots Connect is the event coaches, students and parents all look forward to following the 8-week Grassroots programs. Although the weekly Grassroots sessions are always fun, nothing tops Grassroots Connect! There is a lot of work that goes into the
  • 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
  • Wrap Up: Student-Athlete Networking Night
    Wrap Up: Student-Athlete Networking Night
    TGP Brings back Athlete Networking Nights in 2017-2018 by Ruvimbo Mushavi, Program Manager It is nearing the end of the Fall semester of the 2017-2018 academic year, and one thing is for sure, college students are already on the lookout for summer internship opportunities. As part of Grassroots’s efforts to provide student-athlete volunteers with the professional and leadership development they
  • New Program Wrap-Up: “Celebrating Community Connections” Event
    New Program Wrap-Up: “Celebrating Community Connections” Event
    All Aboard, You Need Your Passports For This Event…. by Jane Wallis, Director of Programs On November 29th 2017, TGP went old school and put on a “traditional Grassroots graduation” for students enrolled in Fall 2017 programming. Yes, the event was equipped with a big, blow-up bungee-run, food and a DJ to celebrate our 6th grade students finishing 8 weeks
  • Jane Wallis Named Director of Programs at Grassroots
    Jane Wallis Named Director of Programs at Grassroots
    Former Standout Grassroots Coach Joins TGP to Spearhead Growth of Programs October 1, 2017 Grassroots is thrilled to announce the addition of Jane Wallis as Director of Programs. She will be leading the growth of TGP’s programs, and she will be working directly with TGP’s staff, partners, and student-athletes. From 2010-2014, Jane served as a Grassroots Coach and member of
  • TGP Leadership Update
    TGP Leadership Update
    Grassroots Board announces Marie Rudolph’s departure as Executive Director, effective September 30, 2017. We are incredibly grateful for her service to the organization and the D.C. community.  During her tenure, Marie worked to advance the mission and vision of Grassroots and expanded diversity among university student-athletes mentors delivering our sexual health curriculum in D.C. middle schools. Under her leadership, Grassroots achieved operational
  • The Reva and David Logan Foundation Gives 3-Year Grant to Support Grassroots
    The Reva and David Logan Foundation Gives 3-Year Grant to Support Grassroots
    TGP is very excited to announce a three-year partnership with the Reva and David Logan Foundation. Through the partnership, the foundation will support TGP to: (1) pilot and evaluate caregivers-focused programs that enable parents and caregivers to speak more frequently and more effectively with their children about sex; (2) host community linkage-to-care events that directly connect our students and their
  • 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.
  • TGP Director and Athletes Testify at DC Council Public Hearing
    TGP Director and Athletes Testify at DC Council Public Hearing
    Marie Rudolph and student-athletes Ebony McKeever and Erin Boudreau wrote and delivered a testimony discussing the impact that Grassroots has had in DC and on our lives for the City Council Performance Oversight Hearing. We testified in front of Chairman Vincent C. Gray and members of the Committee on Health on Friday, February 17, 2017. Erin “Boody” Boudreau (GWU Soccer
  • 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…)
  • 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…)
  • Bill Clinton talks about TGP at CGIU
    Bill Clinton talks about TGP at CGIU
    [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WxnBSvTuvmk[/embed]
  • TGP Featured on Good Morning America
    TGP Featured on Good Morning America
    [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dNKb9-UraTk[/embed]
  • CBS NATIONAL NEWS: Athletes Teach Kids About AIDS
    CBS NATIONAL NEWS: Athletes Teach Kids About AIDS
    [embed]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_ee2sLbFaE[/embed] In Washington, D.C., where 1 in 20 people live with HIV, college athletes use sports to teach kids how to stop the spread of the disease. Shilpi Gupta reports.
  • WASHINGTON POST: Local athletes teach middle-schoolers about HIV through Grassroots
    WASHINGTON POST: Local athletes teach middle-schoolers about HIV through Grassroots
    In a classroom at Walker Jones Educational Center, four Howard track athletes, a George Washington soccer player and a former all-American sprinter from Georgetown push tiny desks and chairs against the walls to create a playground for the afternoon’s game. It’s called HIV Attacks! And it starts with 12-year-old Natia Bland, who has volunteered to play the Human, standing in
  • USA TODAY: College athletes use sports to teach kids about AIDS
    USA TODAY: College athletes use sports to teach kids about AIDS
    March Madness may have already come and gone, but there is still an opportunity to cheer on (and support!) several student athletes who've teamed up for an important cause.   Tyler Spencer, a former athlete on the Georgetown University rowing team, created Grassroot Project, an HIV/AIDS education and awareness program targeted to D.C. area youth. Rather than a traditional classroom
  • GWU NEWS: Researchers Study Effectiveness of HIV/AIDS Educational Outreach to D.C. Youth
    GWU NEWS: Researchers Study Effectiveness of HIV/AIDS Educational Outreach to D.C. Youth
    WASHINGTON, D.C. – The George Washington School of Public Health and Health Services has partnered with Grassroots, an organization of NCAA Division I varsity athletes using the universal language of sports to engage youth in educational outreach about HIV/AIDS. GW researchers are working with Grassroots to develop and implement a sustainable monitoring and evaluation plan. “We are using multiple methods
  • HU NEWS: Howard Receives National SAAC Award of Excellence
    HU NEWS: Howard Receives National SAAC Award of Excellence
    WASHINGTON, D.C. - NCAA News – The Howard University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) received the spring 2010 National SAAC Award of Excellence, as announced on Tuesday by the NCAA and the Division I Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. The Award of Excellence honors special and unique community-service work completed by student-athletes at Division I schools. Howard’s SAAC Committee was cited for its
  • GWU ATHLETICS: GWU Athletes Educate Local Students on HIV/AIDS Prevention
    GWU ATHLETICS: GWU Athletes Educate Local Students on HIV/AIDS Prevention
    On Dec. 1, approximately 90 students, friends and family members gathered in the Colonials Athletic Club at the GW’s Charles E. Smith Center for a special graduation. Forty D.C. public elementary school students had successfully completed the first semester-long program about HIV/AIDS prevention run by the Grassroots Project, a joint effort between student athletes from GW and Georgetown University. Eighteen
  • THE HOYA: GU Reaches Out Amid District AIDS Epidemic
    THE HOYA: GU Reaches Out Amid District AIDS Epidemic
    At an infection rate of 3.2 percent, HIV/AIDS levels in the District exceed the World Health Organization's classification of an epidemic and rival the rates found in developing countries. The Georgetown community is finding new ways to combat the incurable illness as well as the stigma that has made AIDS a four-letter word.   Treating an Epidemic, Creating a Community