Girls Inc. of Chicago

Hear from our founder, Raquel, about her passion for encouraging young Black women to pursue their dreams. Partnering locally with Girls Inc. of Chicago, Roq Innovation is excited to teach the next generation of young entrepreneurs about the ins and outs of product development.

“I’ve always wanted to teach young Black girls about product development and entrepreneurship. Meet the FIRST Roq Innovation cohort. I partnered with the Chicago chapter of Girls Inc. to roll out this pilot program. The girls brainstormed different ideas, presented a concept and developed a marketing strategy for this new product. My job is to bring THEIR vision to life. I can’t wait to share once the product is finished and on sale. All proceeds will go directly to Girls Inc. [...] My goal is to roll out this program to multiple organizations so that our young girls can begin to hone skills to run their own companies. This is the beginning of a dream that I’ve envisioned for a while. I can’t wait to expand and show off their brilliance!” -Raquel Graham

Come back soon to see what these girls have created! 100% of the proceeds will go directly to Girls Inc. of Chicago to support their ongoing mission.

Girls Inc. of Chicago delivers life-changing programs and experiences that inspire girls to be strong, smart and bold enough to overcome challenges. Their research-based programming curricula is delivered by trained professionals who focus on the development of the whole girl, supporting, mentoring, and guiding girls in an affirming, pro-girl environment where girls gain the skills and knowledge they need to succeed.

Learn more about Girls Inc. and how to help support their efforts here: