Imara Roose Inc. is a volunteer-based 501(c)(3) mentoring program for girls of color, by women of color.
It was launched in 2011 by Halima Adenegan, Esq.
at Eleanor Roosevelt High School in Greenbelt, MD.
Given her experiences as a black woman and first-generation American,
Halima was inspired to return to her alma mater and create Imara Roose
as a means to inspire, empower, and uplift girls in her community.
Imara (ee-mah-rah) is Swahili for strong and resolute—
key characteristics black and brown girls must embody to excel
in a society where they will continue to face countless barriers to equitable access and opportunity
because of their race and gender.
Roose, pronounced “rose”, is a pun on the school’s name, and representative of the flower, which denotes beauty.
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