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Girls Talk, Provide Guidance and Boost Self-Confidence

Halima Adenegan returned to her alma mater, Eleanor Roosevelt High School, in 2012 — four years after she graduated — to start a mentoring program for girls there. She called it Imara Roose;  Imara is Swahili for strong, and Roose is a play on the school’s name. The mentors are female college students who volunteer as big sisters and role models. Each week, the girls in Imara Roose get together in a large group to discuss various topics that interest them — from physical fitness and...

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