In 2009, after learning that DC had the highest HIV rate in the country, a Georgetown varsity athlete decided to recruit and train his NCAA student-athlete peers to deliver sexual health education at area schools and Grassroots Health was born. Since then, more than 1,500 athletes have provided more than 50,000 hours of free sexual health education to over 10,000 DC teens. A three-year, sports-based health education curriculum covers sexual, nutritional, and mental health for middle school students in DC's highest-need schools. Health communication workshops for middle school students' parents and caregivers improve communication about what many find a sensitive subject. And community health fairs link students to critical youth-friendly clinical and social services. The athletes who provide their services at no cost are people to whom kids look up ... and to whom and listen.

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Budget (FY2023)

  • $3 million or higher
  • The current budget for Grassroots Health is: $1 million to $3 million
  • $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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