The Grassroot Project, which engages student athletes as role models to empower youth with knowledge about sexual health and HIV/AIDS, received a $15,000 grant from The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation in partnership with Macy’s, according to a press release from the project.
Specifically, the funding will go to the Washington, DC–based project’s in-school comprehensive sexual education programs. Youth learn about healthy relationships, HIV prevention and ways to combat HIV stigma in their communities.
The Grassroot Project’s curriculum is delivered by collegiate student-athlete “coaches” to seventh-grade students in the areas of DC with the highest rates of HIV, unplanned pregnancies and sexually transmitted infections.
“The work that The Grassroot Project does to help people affected by HIV/AIDS is impressive, and very much aligned with Elizabeth Taylor’s passionate commitment to the cause,” said Joel Goldman, managing director of the foundation, in the press release. “ETAF and our partners at Macy’s are thrilled to present The Grassroot Project with these funds to help further our shared mission.”