In 2010, Ijana became the Founder and President of Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc., 501c3 nonprofit youth organization based in Brooklyn, NY, serving Middle School and High School students. The organization provides mentoring and educational programs to help youth gain financial, career and entrepreneurial skills. The organization hosts a free annual youth summit for over one hundred Middle and High School students residing in New York City, exposing them to corporate sponsors and business professionals, connecting them to resources and affording them network opportunities with their peers.
In 2016, Ijana added the title of Self Published Author to her list of accolades with her new workbook: Dare 2 Dream Leaders Inc., Present Beyond Career Day: A Success Guide for Middle School Youth. Ijana holds a Master’s Degree in Organizational Leadership from Nyack College. Her areas of expertise are curriculum design, workshop implementation, panel discussion, mentoring and public speaking. She is an active mentor for organizations such as iMentor and her alma mater New York City College of Technology and is currently the President of Toastmaster International’s Brooklyn Toastmaster’s Club (BTM). To add to all of her accomplishments, she is the mother of two amazing kids. Her children are her why.