Meet "Grassroots" the organization changing the lives of the youth in Ubran Communities

On February 20, 2016 from 10am – 1pm, the GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF) kicked off a day of wellness with a Town Hall on Girls’ Health in conjunction with its all-star Annual Let’s Move It: Jersey! Hip-hop fundraiser. The health and wellness forum was a family-friendly morning of community engagement and open dialogue. This event brought together music, policy, youth and for a common purpose.    



Attached are clearly labeled photos from Saturday's Let's Move It Townhall on Girls Health (afternoon) and the party/fundraiser (evening).


 Townhall on Girls Health

There were approximately 100 girls and their parents/caretakers (we aren't using the word 'guardian') in attendance, including students from Speedway Academies (the event site), youth from Newark and surrounding areas, community members, school staff (including Principal Atiba Buckman), mothers, fathers, grandmothers and more.


Lisa Charles of Embrace Your Fitness led the entire audience (including children as young as 4!) in fitness break routines with high-energy music and moves.


Several girls and young women talked about health and wellness and what it meant to be true to themselves, while adult experts spoke about what challenges exist and how we can collectively overcome them as a community.


Dr. Janice Johnson Dias, GrassROOTS Community Foundation's Co-Founder and President, led the day's events. In addition, 1000 books featuring Black girls as the main character were donated to Speedway Academies. 



Evening event

Superstar lyricist Black Thought of The Roots and Co-Founder of GrassROOTS Community Foundation, wowed the crowd at the Let's Move It: Jersey! event at TASTE Venue in Newark. Hip hop legend Rah Digga dropped rhymes, along with heavy hitters Rapsody and Sa-Roc. International producers and DJ's 9th Wonder and Rich Medina were also in the house to lend their support and spin records.


Cedric the Entertainment, performing next door at the Prudential Center, made a surprise appearance, chatting it up -- and cracking up -- everyone in attendance.


The proceeds from Let’s Move It: Jersey! will go toward building an afterschool program for girls at the school and increasing the capacity of youth and adults in the West Ward of Newark.



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