Grassroot Soccer Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   65 reviews

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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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Rating: 5 stars  

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

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