Get Involved


Get Involved


Volunteers are at the core of our success as an organization. The 18 members of our board of directors are all volunteers and provide their professional service through training, coaching, event organizing, fundraising, strategic planning, communications, and marketing.

We invite and encourage subscribers and members to join us by volunteering your special services on any of our outreach events or programs.

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IBWPPI Signature Programs and Projects

The IBWPPI Reading Room Initiative creates a literacy enriched environment for youth of all ages to develop their reading skills. The IBWPPI Reading Room Initiative Project is dedicated to promoting leisure reading as a key to unlocking a youth’s full potential. 

Our primary goal is to enable elementary, middle and high school students to improve their literacy skills. The Initiative creates a nurturing environment for youth to feel safe and secure as they develop their reading skills. 

The rooms are filled with hundreds of books for students to explore from a variety of authors, topics, and genres for all ages.

The Boots on the Ground Program provides emergency support and help to families impacted by natural disasters in the US and abroad. 

IBWPPI work with partnering organizations and individuals to identify women who will help lead in the rescue, cleanup and restoration efforts required.

For the past 11 years IBWPPI has hosted a policy forum during the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference held in Washington, DC. These annual policy forums have all been sponsored by a sitting member of congress. 

We are proud of the work, presence and relationships that IBWPPI has established in the policy arena.

Launched in the Spring of 2016, the IBWPPI Young Ambassadors Program (YAP) offers a space for young women in the US and abroad to expand their network and skills through leadership development, shared learning, and mentorship. IBWPPI aims to cultivate the next generation of black women leadership that think beyond borders, who are concerned about the plight and well-being of women where ever they are.

A Six-Month Training Program for Women of African Descent Who Have:

  • A willingness to lead from the front and back, understanding there is value in both.
  • A desire for social justice and change that will enhance the lives of Black women, girls and their communities.
  • A commitment to academic and experiential excellence.

IBWPPI Special Events

Since we began in 2009, IBWPPI has been committed to meeting Black Women where they are, by hosting gatherings and open dialogue on critical topics away from the Washington, D.C. area where we were headquartered for 10 years.

These convenings were elevated to small international conferences, held in “Little Haiti,” a predominant Haitian Community in South Miami, Fl., Belize, Bermuda and Nassau, Bahamas.

Hats for Hope is a signature friend and fund-raising project of the International Black Women’s Public Policy Institute.  Held in August annually as a private in-home reception bringing women together to learn about the history and work of the organization as well as to encourage them to become new members.

The Embassy Galas began in 2018 when IBWPPI was hosted by the Hon. Paul Getty Altidor, Ambassador of Haiti to the United States. The star-studded event held at the beautiful Embassy in Washington D.C. provided an opportunity for sponsors, friends, and supporters of IBWPPI to learn more about the country of Haiti and the growing relationship with IBWPPI.

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