“I am the clown of my Collegetown LeaderShape group. I make everybody laugh,” admits Imani. “We had tons of fun with our family cluster service activity, packaging food for Moveable Feast.”
Last semester, Imani also volunteered at Barclay Elementary School through Goucher’s Read and Write a Story program. In addition to sharing fun and laughter, Imani’s reward was seeing increased confidence in a group of kindergarteners.
Growing up in a low-income household in Baltimore, Imani struggled with self-esteem for most of her life. “If it wasn’t for people who saw potential in me, I wouldn’t be where I am today,” she says. “I was given the resources and assistance to help me believe how great I can be.”
Her vision for Baltimore is to help kids in low-income areas realize their potential by giving them the resources and assistance they need to succeed. Her experience in Collegetown LeaderShape has inspired her to start her own nonprofit organization to help Baltimore youth believe they can do anything they put their minds to.