Media mogul and founder of Monami Entertainment, Mona Scott-Young, recently added philanthropist to her list of accomplishments. On December 15, 2012 Monami Entertainment partnered with the GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF) to raise funds to support the organization’s work with women and girls in poverty. The annual holiday celebration took place at The Newark Museum. In lieu of gifts, guests were asked to make a donation to GCF.
The partnership between Monami Entertainment and GrassROOTS developed after Mona’s attendance at GrassROOTS' Power Forward fundraising concert in October also held at the Newark Museum. Mona Scott-Young was inspired by President, Dr. Janice Johnson Dias’ commitment to promoting health and well-being for women and girls. “I understand these issues well, as I’ve battled with my own weight issues”. Inspired to act, Scott Young changed the focus of her Monami Entertainment's annual holiday party to help support GCF’s work. "I asked my guests to help the GrassROOTS Community Foundation reach their goals," said Mona.
President of the GCF, Dr. Janice Johnson Dias was thankful for her new “Mon Ami” (which translates to “my friend” in French) and their gracious contributions to the foundation. “When Mona approached me to host a holiday party in honor of the GCF I was touched by her generosity and kindness” states Dr. Johnson Dias.
The successful event brought over 200 notable guests to the fundraiser including Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, Joe Budden, Consequences and Jennifer Williams. Guests rose to the challenge and gave from the heart raising donations to help GCF maintain and expand the GrassROOTS’ Super Camp program for girls. Funds raised will go toward scholarships for families in need and to support the expansion of the camp. This summer GrassROOTS will take a group of girls 9-12 years old to the island of Grenada to learn about sustainable farming and to help redevelop a local library. Further contributions towards the foundation can be completed at: http://grass-rootsfoundation.org/donate.html
GrassROOTS Community Foundation
GrassROOTS Community Foundation (GCF) is a collaborative effort of Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, co-founder and lead MC of thing e Grammy Award Winning group, the Roots, and sociologist, Dr. Janice Johnson Dias. The foundation is committed to contributing to the health and well-being of vulnerable populations and disadvantaged communities. Merging the talents of socially conscious artists with those of a rigorous scientific research and creative team, GCF invests their energy into developing the capacity of community based organizations that offer educational and recreational services to disadvantaged women and girls. For more information, please visit www.grass-rootsfoundation.org .
Super Camp is a summer day camp for girls 5 to 9 years that provides focuses on mathematics, science and reading through a cultural lens. http://grass-rootsfoundation.org/supercamp.html
H.E.A.L. is a family program that teaches parents and children about the joys and health benefits of yoga and cooking together. The program welcomes parents with children (K-3rd grade) to practice Ancient Kemetic yoga to experience the benefits of increased focus, agility and higher energy: keys to educational and professional achievement. For more information on the program, please visit
Strong, Healthy, and Powerful Everyday is an after school program for 9th grade high school girls at Central High School in Newark, NJ. The program focuses on health literacy, wellness, self-esteem and professional skill development. Begins Fall 2012. Co-sponsored by Barnabas Health System and the American Heart Association.