Grassroot Soccer Inc
Rating: 4.98 stars 65 65 reviews 1,343
198 Church Street P.O. Box 712 Norwich VT 05055 USA
Grassroot Soccer (GRS) is an international adolescent health organization that educates, inspires and mobilizes young people to overcome their greatest health challenges and live healthier, more productive lives. GRS uses the power of soccer to connect young people with the mentors, information, and health services they need to thrive, and empowers adolescents to make educated choices about pressing health challenges such as HIV & AIDS, sexual health, gender-based violence, and malaria. GRS's evidence-based programs, led by trained local Coaches, incorporate soccer into dynamic lessons about health and wellness that engage young people and break down cultural barriers. With proven results and a constant focus on research and innovation, GRS has reached over 1.3 million young people in nearly 50 countries with adolescent-friendly health education.
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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Grassroot Soccer operates flagship sites in South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe and as a technical assistance partner have helped design and launch sustainable projects in Botswana, Ethiopia, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Namibia, Sudan, Tanzania, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic.
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When I first started with Grassroot Soccer it was about helping young people know about HIV in Zimbabwe. However it became more about empowering myself. I realized that I was now a role model which meant a change also in my own behaviour. GRS changed my life, I would not be the person I am today if it wasn't for GRS. It gave me purpose and opportunity to add value to young people and I am currently studying psychology just so I can continue having an impact to my society. Thank you Grassroot soccer
I am running the NYC marathon with the GSR team and have had a fantastic experience so far. This is my third marathon, and the consistent encouragement from the GSR marathon staff has been wonderful. The positive team vibe on the emails and phone calls is super motivating, and I am looking forward to meeting everyone on October 31!
My counterpart and I completed a Grassroot Soccer training in South Africa in February 2014 during my Peace Corps service. I had never been exposed to GRS before that training, and I found it to be such an interactive, comprehensive way to teach children about HIV. After returning to the school I worked at, I conducted two Grassroot Soccer interventions to provide HIV-prevention education for approximately 50 students. My students improved their knowledge from pre-test to post-test by more than 70%, and they had a great time doing it. It also helped to slightly de-stigmatize HIV within the school.
I am a Board member and have been involved for many years. Started off as a donor but liked what they did and how they did it that I joined the Board and am now the Deputy Chairman. Great youth leadership program with equally great results
My connection with GRS started as an internship with the sole intention of adding a line to my CV. I ended up meeting a group of incredibly selfless people all striving for the goal of eliminating HIV/AIDS. No matter how cliched it is to say, the GRS experience changed the direction of my life for the better, as it does for thousands of people every year. I continue to spread the good work of Grassroot Soccer in the UK.
I have been fortunate to work for GRS both as an intern in South Africa and as a staff member in the US, so I have seen first hand the impact this organization has across the globe. The organization is filled with passionate, inspiring people who are changing the way we view the HIV/AIDS epidemic. Using the power of sport to change lives is proven to make a lasting impact and GRS is an organization leading the way in sport for development. I am proud to support this organization and I hope others will too.
My daughter is currently an intern with Grassroot Soccer Inc. From the moment of her first inquiry I have been so astounded by the character and organization of this group. The staff are dedicated to helping the youth of South Africa and have found such an unbelievable method to reach out and educate. Everything about Grassroot Soccer is SO positive. They seem to be able to accomplish whatever they can dream up with an attitude that is so inspiring. They not only enable but they also ennoble, working hard to motivate people to help themselves. This is a group that works not only in the present but also looks to the future. Community support is a powerful thing and Grassroot Soccer has tapped that.
GRS is an Amazon organizatio. Promoting healthy living past just sexuak education. GRS teachings so many valuable lessons in a way that is fun for kids of all ages as well as the coaches that hold practices. Its easy to implement and requries no outside materials which is great for schools or orgs that have limited resources. The staff at GRS is easy to get in touch with and are really supportive. I LOVE GRS!
I am very impressed with organizations that mobilize youth to make a difference in a world. I'd like to see Grassroots Soccer as more than an option for young people. How can we truly understand what it means to accept and support globally without touching the lives of others?
Barbara and Simon Smith
Grassroots Soccer's innovative strategy of using soccer as a tool for education is what drew me to implementing their SKILLZ program while serving as a Youth Development Volunteer with the Peace Corps in rural Morocco. The GRS team has created a health education methodology that is both engaging and easily understandable, and working with the GRS team and teaching the SKILLZ program was one of the most successful and personally rewarding projects of my Peace Corps service. More importantly, the program helped empower young men and women in my community to take charge of their personal health, and the curriculum and related activities created avenues for discussing community health issues which were previously taboo and ignored.
I have also found the team at Grassroots Soccer to be very dedicated to their work, and it has been inspiring to volunteer with them over the last couple years. This is a fantastic organization with some great minds and passionate hearts striving to make the world a safer and better place. Five stars!