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  • 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
  • The Grassroot Project Wins Grant to Help Develop System-Wide Solutions to Improve Health and P.E.
    The Grassroot Project Wins Grant to Help Develop System-Wide Solutions to Improve Health and P.E.
      FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Diana Gardner, The Grassroot Project EMAIL: Diana@GrassrootProject.org THE GRASSROOT PROJECT WINS HEALTHY SCHOOLS GRANT TO LEAD RESEARCH ON HEALTH AND PE IN WASHINGTON, DC SCHOOLS   WASHINGTON, DC, December 7, 2021 – The Grassroot Project (TGP) is honored to have been selected as the winner of the Healthy Schools Grant. The purpose of this grant,
  • Welcoming Diana Gardner to The Grassroot Project Team
    Welcoming Diana Gardner to The Grassroot Project Team
    The Grassroot Project (TGP) is thrilled to announce that Diana Gardner has joined its growing team as the new Director of Development & Communications. With over 20 years of experience, Diana has helped raise more than $100 million in annual gifts and 2 million annual donors and members worldwide. She has partnered with nonprofit organizations around the world, running the
  • The Grassroot Project Announces the Appointment of Christine Campbell as Board Chair
    The Grassroot Project Announces the Appointment of Christine Campbell as Board Chair
    The Grassroot Project is excited to announce the appointment of Christine Campbell as Chair of TGP’s Board of Directors. Christine will replace outgoing Board Chair Patrick Nero, who has played a pivotal role in building the Board of Directors and supporting The Grassroot Project through its most recent stage of strategic planning and growth. “The Grassroot Project is an amazing
  • TGP Welcomes Program Coordinators, Treniyyah Anderson and Lara Negrón Ocasio
    TGP Welcomes Program Coordinators, Treniyyah Anderson and Lara Negrón Ocasio
    The Grassroot Project 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
  • Supporter Spotlight – Lavar Curley Goes the Distance to Support The Grassroot Project
    Supporter Spotlight – Lavar Curley Goes the Distance to Support The Grassroot Project
    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
    The Grassroot Project 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
  • 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 The Grassroot Project 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
  • Why Cory Camp Ran a Solo Full Marathon In Support of The Grassroot Project
    Why Cory Camp Ran a Solo Full Marathon In Support of The Grassroot Project
    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 The Grassroot Project 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
  • 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 The Grassroot Project 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
  • 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 The Grassroot Project in the fall. It wasn't until Niambi’s
  • 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
  • #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
  • 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, The Grassroot Project (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
  • 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 The Grassroot Project (TGP) must go through before being facilitating in school programs. The Grassroot Project trains student-athletes to facilitate discussions around Sexual Health, Nutrition & Physical Health, and soon Mental Health
  • 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
  • Run with The Grassroot Project in 2019 Marine Corps Marathon!
    Run with The Grassroot Project in 2019 Marine Corps Marathon!
    CLICK HERE TO SIGN UP TO OUR MARATHON TEAM. The Grassroot Project 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. 
  • 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
  • The Grassroot Project: Using Sports to Promote Sexual Health and Positive Youth Development in DC
    The Grassroot Project: 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, The Grassroot Project 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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, The Grassroot Project 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
  • 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 The Grassroot Project’s efforts to provide student-athlete volunteers with the professional and leadership
  • 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
  • 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
  • Q&A with New Director of Programs Jane Wallis
    Q&A with New Director of Programs Jane Wallis
    We at The Grassroot Project 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.
  • Jane Wallis Named Director of Programs at The Grassroot Project
    Jane Wallis Named Director of Programs at The Grassroot Project
    Former Standout Grassroots Coach Joins TGP to Spearhead Growth of Programs October 1, 2017 The Grassroot Project 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
  • TGP Leadership Update
    TGP Leadership Update
    The Grassroot Project 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 The Grassroot Project and expanded diversity among university student-athletes mentors delivering our sexual health curriculum in D.C. middle schools. Under her
  • Get to Know TGP’s New Global Health Corps Fellows!
    Get to Know TGP’s New Global Health Corps Fellows!
    This week The Grassroot Project 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
  • The Reva and David Logan Foundation Gives 3-Year Grant to Support The Grassroot Project
    The Reva and David Logan Foundation Gives 3-Year Grant to Support The Grassroot Project
    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 Athletes Attend Special Screening of MTV’s “Shuga: Down South”
    TGP Athletes Attend Special Screening of MTV’s “Shuga: Down South”
    Guest Post by TGP Athlete Spencer Kelly (Howard U, Men's Tennis) On March 27, The Grassroot Project invited me to attend a MTV Premiere I didn’t know much about. I was excited to see and hear something that was new to me. I understood The Grassroot Project advocated about HIV/AIDS awareness and sexual health, but I never really knew that
  • 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
  • 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 The Grassroot Project 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
  • 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
    The Grassroot Project 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
  • Join Team Grassroots for the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon or 10K!
    Join Team Grassroots for the 2017 Marine Corps Marathon or 10K!
    The Grassroot Project 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
  • 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 The Grassroot Project 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
  • 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 The Grassroot Project (TGP) as the Core Programs Manager through a fellowship with the Global Health Corps. (more…)
  • The Grassroot Project Launches First Ever Leadership Academy
    The Grassroot Project Launches First Ever Leadership Academy
    The Grassroot Project (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
  • 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 The Grassroot Project 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 The Grassroot Project. (more…)
  • The Grassroot Project and Global Health Corps Partner Up For Another Year
    The Grassroot Project and Global Health Corps Partner Up For Another Year
    For the third year in a row The Grassroot Project 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 The Grassroot Project. “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
  • 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 The Grassroot Project 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
  • 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 The Grassroot Project'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 The Grassroot Project 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
    The Grassroot Project 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 The Grassroot Project. 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,
  • 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…)
  • The Grassroot Project Attends the 26th Annual AIDS Walk
    The Grassroot Project Attends the 26th Annual AIDS Walk
    The Grassroot Project 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. The Grassroot Project
  • 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 The Grassroot Project 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…)
  • 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 The Grassroot Project
    WASHINGTON POST: Local athletes teach middle-schoolers about HIV through The Grassroot Project
    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 The Grassroot Project, 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 the Grassroot Project to develop and implement a sustainable monitoring and evaluation plan. “We
  • 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