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GRASSROOT SOCCER INC Overview
Using the power of soccer in the fight against AIDS, Grassroot Soccer (GRS) provides African youth with the knowledge, skills and support to stop the spread of HIV. We aim to have a deep impact in the communities where we work; to utilize soccer and powerful role models to their maximum potential to reduce HIV transmission among youth; and to have the most effective HIV prevention education and life-skills curriculum in Africa. Grassroot Soccer directly implements its HIV prevention and life skills curriculum in South Africa, Zambia, and Zimbabwe, and has worked with implementing partners in 23 countries. Since 2002, over 675,000 youth have graduated from GRS programs.
Ten evaluations in seven countries have shown the GRS program to have positive impact on knowledge, attitudes, stigma, and communication related to HIV. One study in Zimbabwe found that after participating in the GRS curriculum.
* The percentage of students who could list three people they could talk to about HIV increased from 33% to 72%
* The percentage of students who knew where to go for help for HIV related problems increased from 47% to 76%
* The percentage of students who said they would feel comfortable providing emotional support for an HIV positive classmate increased from 52% to 73%
* The percentage of students who believe condoms were effective increased from 49% to 71%
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I joined GRS in 2012 and currently working as Site Coordinator in Soweto. I was inspired by the language of soccer GRS uses to educate, inspire and mobilise communities to fight against the spread of HIV...
I worked as a GRS intern for a year, an experience that brought me into a community that gave me a new standard of just how passionate people can feel towards giving their lives to an issue in their community. The energy and enthusiasm in the programs on the ground is contagious, and these programs ...
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I worked for GRS for 2 years as a Grants Manager in Zimbabwe. GRS is the best sport for development organisation that uses evidence based approach to youths' behaviour change education. I have witnessed local soccer stars working with youths in schools and the youths are inspired to change behaviour...
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