Grassroot Soccess Inc

Rating: 4.98 stars   65 reviews

Address:

198 Church Street P.O. Box 712 Norwich VT 05055 USA

Mission:

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.

Results:

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%

Geographic areas served:

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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(802) 649-2900
www.grassrootsoccer.org

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Rating: 5 stars  

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

 
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The genius of Grassroot Soccer is reaching those it serves -- middle school and adolescent girls and boys in Africa and beyond -- with the sport that is their passion. Education and prevention are not easy, but the curriculum of this organization combines fun with learning in a way that makes sense and encourages young people and their families to take responsibility for combating HIV-AIDS before it begins. Watching the program in action, I can attest to the fact that it works. The system of recruiting staff and spreading the program to other organizational partners also has worked very well. Also, the members of the Board of Directors have done a great job!

 
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I recognize the positive impact GRS can have on a community. I grew up in South Africa and know how important sport is in the lives of people young and old there. Unfortunately, young people in our country face a ton of challenges, and have seen first-hand the terrible results of HIV, TB, and other massive health issues. GRS is one of the most accomplished organizations working to end the HIV epidemic by using soccer to engage youth. Their dedication as individuals and an organization is an inspiration to my community.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Grassroot Soccer uses a unique and innovative approach to tackling the AIDS epidemic. They use the game of soccer to attract at risk youth and then deliver their unique curriculum to ensure these youth live healthy and productive lives. Grassroot Soccer is the premier sport for development organization in the world.

 
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My favorite part of Grassroot Soccer is how they use the language of soccer to educate communities to fight against the spread of HIV. Bravo!!

 
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I interacted with Grassroot Soccer in early 2013. I was amazed and inspired by the organizations ability to combine a universal language of football and a sound Public Health, Human Rights and Gender Responsive approach to bring to the forefront the issue of HIV and GBV prevention. I am super proud of GRS's ability to produce such high impact results and reach such high numbers. I know you will continue to soar to new heights. I know this is the start of even greater things.

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GRS is a well designed, well organized and very well staffed organization that educates young people about HIV/Aids through the sport of soccer. Brilliant!

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My brother works for GRS and was introduced to the program by Tommy Clark, its founder. This nonprofit is a very well organized, compassionate group who harness sport's educational powers for the greater good. I have seen this program work, in person, in Kimberley, South Africa during the World Cup and was impressed by what it had achieved there in a relatively short amount of time. Their HIV/AIDS education curriculum for young people works and will work where ever it is implemented simply because they have designed it to educate through the powerful lessons found in sports, specifically soccer.

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We were introduced to GRS through several of their dedicated workers and supporters and were quickly convinced that it is a non profit organization that puts their mission into action. By using the power of soccer they have been able to educate, inspire, and mobilize communities to help stop the spread of HIV.

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We have not seen GRS programs directly but we do know a number of people who have worked and who now work for GRS. And they are oustanding as people and volunteers: committed, thoughtful, giving, and selfless. If GRS can continue to attract and retain such volunteers it will remain a highly effective NGO to which we would happily continue contributing.

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