The Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club has chosen Imani Cummings as their Youth of the Year for 2014. Cummings competed against nine other young leaders from Boys & Girls Clubs across the state for the title of the 2014 Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware Youth of the Year.
A senior at Milford High School, Cummings is a dancer, singer and musician. A singer at the early age of two and dancer at the age of nine, she learned to play the piano at age thirteen and the guitar just one year later. Cummings studies dance at First State Academy of Dance in Milford, perfecting ballet, tap, modern, hip-hop and contemporary styles. Her influences in music include Prince and Alicia Keys; they were her inspiration for picking up the guitar and learning to play the piano.
“I love to dance, it’s fun, relieves stress and is relaxing,” commented Cummings. “Music helps keep me motivated.”
This year, Cummings was named Homecoming Queen of Milford High School and sang the National Anthem at the football halftime show. A volunteer for the Milford Club for two years, she helps Club kids with their homework and encourages them to build on their love of reading by working with them on the Accelerator Reader goals. She began working with the Boys & Girls Club out of a desire to give back to the community and she is excited to represent her hometown.
“The Boys & Girls Club allows me to become a better person and makes me feel that I can accomplish anything I put my mind to,” commented Cummings. “I try to teach the kids to be a leader, not a follower and to be a positive person.”
Imani will graduate from Milford High School in June and has plans to attend Delaware State University where she will study to become a music teacher. Having an entrepreneurial mind, Cummings would like to own her own business after college, teaching music and dance. She acknowledges that her ambitions to become all that she can be is a result of spending time with kids at the Milford Boys & Girls Club.
“Working with the kids makes me so happy,” stated Cummings. “I have become a positive influence in their lives and they have become a positive influence in mine.”
Cummings is among ten young people that were selected from more than 20,000 youth served by the Boys & Girls Clubs in Delaware to compete for the title. During the Delaware Youth of the Year Luncheon Imani received the Essay Award, for writing the essay “What the Club Means to Me”, and the Friendship Award, which the other candidates voted on during the selection event.
“We are very proud of Imani,” commented Tod VanEyken, Director of the Greater Milford Boys & Girls Club. “She is a very hard working and dedicated young woman. She is a role model for all of our children and I can’t wait to see all that God has in store for her future.”