Meet Omana Imani!
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Omana joined the SOWA team in July 2017, and in her role is overseeing the Best Start for Kids Out-of-School Time investment being administered by SOWA. Omana will lead this effort focused on providing funding and program quality training supports to youth serving organizations throughout King County.
With her years of experience leading and working in youth development, we are thrilled to have Omana on our team!
Where are you from?
I was born and raised in San Francisco, California with my mom and two younger brothers. We had a small family, and not very many resources, but lived in a tight knit community where people really looked out for and relied on each other. I grew up spending every moment that I could at my local community center and some of my fondest memories there include: playing sports, spending hours and hours at the foosball table, taking art classes, hanging out with mentors and friends, and going to summer camp. Later, this is the place that gave me my first job and helped me to identify my passion for community work.
What do you like to do in your own time?
I try and find joy in even the smallest of things. I love to relax at home watching movies, reading and spending time with my daughter. Yoga and dancing are passions of mine that I don’t do often enough but hope to increase. Hanging out with friends over a good meal, during a night out, or on a hike in the sun is priceless. I also love to plant and watch things grow and look forward to starting a new garden at home this year.
What brought you to SOWA?
As an advocate for young people, I admire and respect the work that SOWA is doing to support organizations in providing high quality programming for youth. As a young person, I relied on these kinds of services and know first-hand the value they can add to families and communities. As part of the SOWA team, I am excited to get the opportunity to work on the Best Start for Kids (BSK) Out-of-School time investment, which will support youth-serving organizations across King County with funding and Quality supports. I am honored to get an opportunity like this to help make local systemic impact.
Tell us one thing you are proud of.
I am most proud of my daughter, Jael. I was blessed to become her mom at the age of 19 and didn’t know what having a purpose felt like until she was born. Being a young mom was scary as there was so much stigma attached to my choice & identity but I have always been a fighter and she gave me the strength and focus necessary to build the life that both she and I deserve. Jael is an amazing young adult now and I excitedly look forward to watching her life unfold with possibility.
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