The J. Rose Project aims
to encourage strength & individuality by affirming to each girl that she is
strong, fierce, and brilliant in mind, body, and spirit. One of the ways that
we do this is through our annual Summit.
Seventy percent of girls
in Chicago believe they are not good
enough or do not measure up in some way, including their looks, performance in
school, and relationships with friends and family members.
Nearly half of Chicago
teen girls reported engaging in negative activities, such as
eating disorders or dangerous sexual behavior according to the Dove Self-Esteem Report in 2009.
Chicago Ranked #1 in teenagers with the highest number of STDs in 2011.
In view of these alarming
statistics,The J. Rose Project creates a positive, supportive, & empowering network
where girls discuss the social issues that shape & impact their growth into
Meet Our Founder
In just a few years, Jennifer L. Reid has begun to define her role as an educator, an inspiring speaker, & role model for teenage girls everywhere.
She is a proud alumna of Spelman College, a 2007 Teach For America Houston Corps Member, and a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania where she earned her Master's degree in Education Administration.
In Houston, she co-founded the "Young Lady in You" Mentor Program. While pursuing her master's degree, Jennifer co-founded & directed the "Uniquely You" Summit 2010 in Philadelphia. After departing Philadelphia, she launched her own programming & event planning company, the J. Rose Project, in 2010. Now the principal of Rauner College Prep, a Noble Street Charter School, in Chicago’s Northwest side neighborhood, she works with hundreds of students seeking college-life after high school.
Meet Our Team
Our founder, Jennifer Reid, always talks about her "front row" which is the group of sister friends that fully support this endeavor every step of the way.
The Summit is the fruit of the hands of an awesome team of women who have committed time and energy year after year in the service of Brown & Black girls! This team of young & successful women were all attracted to the vision & contribute to its success. Always know who is on your front row & choose carefully...your support is essential to your success!
From left to right: Chastidee Davis, Amaris LaCour, Stacey Triche, Katie Ghoram, Michelle Emebo, Kellye Winbush, Brandi Watson & Sheina LaCour *Not Pictured: Brittany Reese
"In sum, we learned that service is the rent we pay for living. It is the very purpose of life & not something you do in your spare time." - Marian Wright Edelman, Spelman College - c/o 1960