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Empowering girls to break barriers and change their trajectory!

COVID-19 hasn’t stopped our operations—we’re adapting to the times and preparing a number of virtual initiatives in preparation for the 2020-21 school year!

Visit and follow @Imara Roose!

Imara Roose Inc. is a 501(c)(3) volunteer-based mentoring program for girls of color, by women of color. Our mission is to empower black and brown girls with the necessary knowledge, skills, and social capital to break through systemic barriers and change their trajectory!



The start of the new school year means that we finally get to meet our Imara Roose mentees! Though PGCPS will remain online, we’ve been working diligently behind the scenes to prepare an engaging virtual program for the students, and we’re super excited to begin working with them. In future blog posts, we’ll start keeping the community in the loop with member spotlights, workshop recaps including mentee testimonials, and information on our bigs & littles. Stay tuned to see more!

  • WORKSHOP RECAPS: Capturing photos and sharing information from our virtual Mentor Mondays and College and Career Readiness Workshops.

  • MEMBER SPOTLIGHTS: Showcasing outstanding mentees and/or mentors who are going the extra mile to advance our mission and goals.

  • BIGS & LITTLES: Read about the ways our mentees are developing one-on-one relationships with their big sister mentors.


Prior to our relaunch, we impacted over 100 black and brown girls. During the new school year, we hope to affect 45 new girls through one-on-one mentorship, weekly workshops, and the support of our community of black and brown women. Learn more about our past work through the testimony below!




We’re anxiously waiting to hear if our application to State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist Grant Competition has been selected within the top 200 entries. We could win $25,000, BUT we'll need your support!

Only 40 submissions will be selected from within the top 200 entries based on community votes. If you’re willing to support us by voting, please click here and we’ll send you more details.



We’re thrilled to hear, more and more, about women of color achieving historical feats. Representation matters! The examples being set today will encourage black and brown girls to pursue things that were once viewed as impossible. Our potential is limitless, and the following women are just a few examples of what black and brown women can do when they are empowered to break through barriers. Let’s never forget that history is HERstory too.

From L-R: Queen Nia Dacosta, the first black woman to direct a Marvel studios film;

Queen Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, the youngest woman to ever serve in the United States; Congress

Queen Javicia Leslie, the first black actress to portray Batwoman.



Our Community Partners are campus and community organizations that support our efforts by helping to:

  • AMPLIFY AWARENESS: Spread the word about our invaluable work as a critical step to increasing our larger community’s awareness and support;

  • INCREASE RECRUITMENT: Help us secure talented women of color from varied professional industries to volunteer their time and talent;

  • FUNDRAISE: Support our efforts to raise sufficient funds to allow mentors and mentees to participate at little to no cost etc.

If you’re interested in supporting us by serving as a community partner, please click here.



Thank you all for your generous donations so far, but we’re not done yet! In order to operate at no cost to our mentees, we still need your support to raise $25,000 for this school year - consider making a financial or in-kind donation today!

  • FINANCIAL DONATIONS: To make a financial donation click here! As a non-profit organization, our need for support will be ongoing; consider committing to a recurring monthly Paypal donation. Also, please take a moment to fill out our thank you form to share your reason for giving.

  • IN-KIND DONATIONS: We’re looking for individuals, local businesses, and corporations to donate items (i.e., gift cards, merchandise, etc.) and services that can be used in our fundraising efforts and to reduce our operating budget . Click here.

  • HOST A FUNDRAISER: We’re looking for individuals to host small virtual or in-person fundraisers, in line with COVID-19 guidelines, with their personal networks. This is a great way for us to amplify awareness about our work! Interested? Please email

  • AMAZON SMILE: Made any purchases from Amazon lately? The next time you do, do so through Amazon Smile and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase price to Imara Roose at absolutely no cost to you. The site provides the same products for the exact same prices too!



There are a number of ways you can support our movement to empower black and brown girls to break barriers and change their trajectory!

  • EXEC BOARD: Passionate women of color, age 18-35, who volunteer their time to advance the organization’s invaluable mission. Click here to apply.

  • MENTOR: Imara Roose mentors are young women of color, age 18-30, who are currently pursuing or have earned an undergraduate degree. Click here to apply.

  • NETWORK: Serve as a remote resource to our mentees by joining our network! Click here to apply.

  • GUEST SPEAKER: We’re always looking for women of color to serve as guest speakers during our College & Career Readiness workshops. Click here to apply.

  • EMPOWERED WOMEN SERIES: Our Empowered Women Series will launch this Fall! We’re looking for successful women of color, from various industries, to share candid insight and advice during this virtual series. Do you know a woman of color who is trailblazing in her field, please share this opportunity!



Help us amplify awareness by following us on social media and sharing our movement with your networks using our promo kit!

Visit our website to learn more!


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