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Imani Dickens

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Bio

My name is Imani Dickens, and I am an entrepreneur. I co-founded an organization called Read and Rule that expands the realm of possibilities for people of color as well as all others. We design programs that enable young people to engage in meaningful and educational ways. I am a strong believer in the fact that one should be just as focused on their studies, as they are confident in themselves. We place a huge emphasis on mental health and self love, because it is in those areas that the black community is mostly ignored. Aside from my professional endeavors, I love to play the piano, sing, dance, and compose music. I also enjoy playing soccer, softball, soccer, and run track. In order for me to have a fulfilling college experience, I’d love to attend an institution that has a myriad of activities for me to be apart of. As I prepare for my future as a college student, I’m seeking financial assistance from Bold scholarships and donors. Growing up with my twin sister and single mother, I know what it’s like to miss out on monumental opportunities because of a lack of money and resources. Without the support of my father, it is almost burdensome for my mother to put both my sister and I into college given how expensive the schools we have already been accepted into are. As a cancer and domestic violence survivor, I’d like to make my college process as smooth as possible for my mother. I plan on graduating college with a masters in business and continuing to grow my company Read and Rule. With aid from Bold scholarships and donors, my end goal will be a plausible reality

Education

Cristo Rey Brooklyn High Schl

High School
2017 - 2021
  • GPA:
    3.4

Miscellaneous

  • Desired degree level:

  • Majors of interest:

    • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Marketing and Advertising

    • Dream career goals:

      Company Founder

    • Shadowing building executives as well as networking with the first woman CEO Cathy Englebery

      Deloitte
      2017 – Present7 years
    • Lead photographer

      Little Sallie Walker
      2018 – Present6 years

    Sports

    Dancing

    Varsity
    2017 – Present7 years

    Softball

    Varsity
    2018 – 20191 year

    Track & Field

    Varsity
    2018 – 20191 year

    Awards

    • Personal Best Time

    Soccer

    Varsity
    2017 – Present7 years

    Awards

    • MVP

    Research

    • Accounting and Business/Management

      Deloitte — Calculating the daily income for coffee in the firm
      2017 – 2019

    Arts

    • Independent

      Music
      National Anthem for the METS game
      2017 – 2017
    • New York Philharmonic

      Music
      New York Philharmonic symohony concert
      2016 – Present
    • Independent

      Graphic Art
      n/a
      2018 – Present
    • Independent

      Dance
      Dance Africa , Cristo Rey Brooklyn High School Talent Shows, Christmas is coming uptown musical
      2016 – Present
    • Harlem School of the Arts

      Acting
      End of the year showcase
      2017 – 2018
    • Little Sallie Walker

      Photography
      Little Sallie Walker documentary series
      2018 – Present

    Public services

    • Volunteering

      Welcome Table Soup Kitchen — Making and serving plates of food to the guests.
      2018 – 2018
    • Volunteering

      Read and Rule — Co-Founder
      2014 – Present

    Future Interests

    Advocacy

    Volunteering

    Philanthropy

    Entrepreneurship

    Bold Moments No-Essay Scholarship
    Mic in hand, sound checked, and ready to go. A crowd of thousands cheering loudly waited, as my twin sister and I made our way to the center of Citi Field. I needed only to remember that I was prepared regardless of what my nerves were telling me. I stood with mixed feelings as I represented our nation with our rendition of the national anthem. My hands were clammy as I held the mic, waiting for my cue by the announcer. “INTRODUCING MANI AND MAIYA” he shouted. I brushed the nervousness aside, I sang with everything I had.
    Scholarcash Role Model Scholarship
    My mother has always been my biggest champion and role model. As a survivor of domestic violence from my father, and cancer, to now a business owner and life coach, she has taught me that my life amounts to way more than the sum of my circumstances. As a child my mother was shuffled around due to her mother’s bout with mental illness. The lack of consistency and care in her homes contributed to a great deal of difficulties that took their toll on her life’s trajectory. Her later diagnosis with one of the rarest tumors ever seen in medical history further complicated her life plans. In contrast, my mother saw to it that my home was full of all that she had to do without. Although gifted with an ear for music and a singing voice like no other, her chaotic home life left no room for her to expand on these talents. My life is and will be much different than hers because I am allowed to truly focus on my goals.Training since the age of 8, I have inherited this ear for music and a unique voice of my own. There has always been a hyper focus on my dreams and overall wellbeing and for that I am grateful. In addition to my musical interests, I also have a recognized passion for helping others. Given my mother’s history and my own experiences growing up, I’ve been inspired to help people in my community who are challenged with similar obstacles. Overall my life will be different from my mothers because I am blessed with good health and a foundation that positions me to put my best foot forward. There is so much clarity on the other side of adversity. I am thankful that my mom leveraged all of her life experiences in ways that have enabled me to reach greater heights.
    Run With Meg Scholarship for Female Entrepreneurs
    Mic in hand, sound checked, and ready to go. A crowd of thousands cheering loudly waited, as I made my way to the center of Citi Field. I needed only to remember that I was prepared regardless of what my nerves were telling me. I stood with mixed feelings as I represented our nation with my rendition of the national anthem. To be young, gifted, and black, and given this opportunity was nothing short of an honor. On the contrary, to be in this position in full understanding of the rarity of such an opportunity, only highlighted the lack of access people from my community have. It was then that I realized how much more work needed to be done for black and brown people, and that the inclusivity couldn't stop there. I co-founded an organization called Read and Rule that expands the realm of possibilities for people of color as well as all others. We design programs that enable young people to engage in meaningful and educational ways. I am a strong believer in the fact that one should be just as focused on their studies, as they are confident in themselves. We place a huge emphasis on mental health and self love, because it is in those areas that the black community is mostly ignored. Throughout my ongoing walk towards self love, I realized that it all starts with representation. Who you have in your life, who you look up to, and what you surround yourself with, make up a lot of who you are. Despite not having my father active in my life, I am grateful to have my mom be my guide. However, not all children and teens have that someone. Through our company Read and Rule, we host quarterly forums called “Level Up and Lead”. These conferences are hosted through zoom as of late, due to the pandemic. We connect teens with influencers who serve as role models, and give candid testimonials about how they struggled, overcame, and won in life. For the aspiring dancers and artists, I sought the sponsorship of the American Ballet Theatre. They arranged an unforgettable evening for a select group of teens and children to meet Misty Copeland. It is powerful for young people of color to see someone that looks like them succeed in a world where they are often underrepresented and underappreciated. Although I host these events alongside my twin sister, I too benefit from the exposure. As I continue to come into my own, I’m grateful that I have the chance to be the person I needed when I was younger. I understand all too well that despite one's best efforts, a lack of resources will often be a detriment to a successful outcome. I am a firm believer that one can’t be in the position to influence others if they aren't taking their own advice. I can only stand here today advocating for the importance of self love, because I struggled with that very thing. The absence of my father in my life took a toll on my confidence and overall mental health. It was only in recent years that I began to fully embrace the idea that I have always been enough. I'm thankful to have found a calling that helps mold others, as well as myself, into the next generation of purpose driven individuals. I look forward to all that college has to offer, and in turn, to the many ways I hope to add success to my life. With a brave heart and a focus like never before, I am reminded of that day at Citi Field. I am prepared to raise my voice, face the crowd, and rally the cause.
    Undiscovered Brilliance Scholarship for African-Americans
    Mic in hand, sound checked, and ready to go. A crowd of thousands cheering loudly waited, as I made my way to the center of Citi Field. I needed only to remember that I was prepared regardless of what my nerves were telling me. I stood with mixed feelings as I represented our nation with my rendition of the national anthem. To be young, gifted, and black, and given this opportunity was nothing short of an honor. On the contrary, to be in this position in full understanding of the rarity of such an opportunity, only highlighted the lack of access people from my community have. It was then that I realized how much more work needed to be done for black and brown people, and that the inclusivity couldn't stop there. I co-founded an organization called Read and Rule that expands the realm of possibilities for people of color as well as all others. We design programs that enable young people to engage in meaningful and educational ways. I am a strong believer in the fact that one should be just as focused on their studies, as they are confident in themselves. We place a huge emphasis on mental health and self love, because it is in those areas that the black community is mostly ignored. Throughout my ongoing walk towards self love, I realized that it all starts with representation. Who you have in your life, who you look up to, and what you surround yourself with, make up a lot of who you are. Despite not having my father active in my life, I am grateful to have my mom be my guide. However, not all children and teens have that someone. Through our company Read and Rule, we host quarterly forums called “Level Up and Lead”. These conferences are hosted through zoom as of late, due to the pandemic. We connect teens with influencers who serve as role models, and give candid testimonials about how they struggled, overcame, and won in life. For the aspiring dancers and artists, I sought the sponsorship of the American Ballet Theatre. They arranged an unforgettable evening for a select group of teens and children to meet Misty Copeland. It is powerful for young people of color to see someone that looks like them succeed in a world where they are often underrepresented and underappreciated. Although I host these events alongside my twin sister, I too benefit from the exposure. As I continue to come into my own, I’m grateful that I have the chance to be the person I needed when I was younger. I understand all too well that despite one's best efforts, a lack of resources will often be a detriment to a successful outcome. I am a firm believer that one can’t be in the position to influence others if they aren't taking their own advice. I can only stand here today advocating for the importance of self love, because I struggled with that very thing. The absence of my father in my life took a toll on my confidence and overall mental health. It was only in recent years that I began to fully embrace the idea that I have always been enough. I'm thankful to have found a calling that helps mold others, as well as myself, into the next generation of purpose driven individuals. I look forward to all that college has to offer, and in turn, to the many ways I hope to add success to my life. With a brave heart and a focus like never before, I am reminded of that day at Citi Field. I am prepared to raise my voice, face the crowd, and rally the cause.
    African-American Entrepreneurs Grant — Female Award
    Mic in hand, sound checked, and ready to go. A crowd of thousands cheering loudly waited, as I made my way to the center of Citi Field. I needed only to remember that I was prepared regardless of what my nerves were telling me. I stood with mixed feelings as I represented our nation with my rendition of the national anthem. To be young, gifted, and black, and given this opportunity was nothing short of an honor. On the contrary, to be in this position in full understanding of the rarity of such an opportunity, only highlighted the lack of access people from my community have. It was then that I realized how much more work needed to be done for black and brown people, and that the inclusivity couldn't stop there. I co-founded an organization called Read and Rule that expands the realm of possibilities for people of color as well as all others. We design programs that enable young people to engage in meaningful and educational ways. I am a strong believer in the fact that one should be just as focused on their studies, as they are confident in themselves. We place a huge emphasis on mental health and self love, because it is in those areas that the black community is mostly ignored. Throughout my ongoing walk towards self love, I realized that it all starts with representation. Who you have in your life, who you look up to, and what you surround yourself with, make up a lot of who you are. Despite not having my father active in my life, I am grateful to have my mom be my guide. However, not all children and teens have that someone. Through our company Read and Rule, we host quarterly forums called “Level Up and Lead”. These conferences are hosted through zoom as of late, due to the pandemic. We connect teens with influencers who serve as role models, and give candid testimonials about how they struggled, overcame, and won in life. For the aspiring dancers and artists, I sought the sponsorship of the American Ballet Theatre. They arranged an unforgettable evening for a select group of teens and children to meet Misty Copeland. It is powerful for young people of color to see someone that looks like them succeed in a world where they are often underrepresented and underappreciated. Although I host these events alongside my twin sister, I too benefit from the exposure. As I continue to come into my own, I’m grateful that I have the chance to be the person I needed when I was younger. I understand all too well that despite one's best efforts, a lack of resources will often be a detriment to a successful outcome. I am a firm believer that one can’t be in the position to influence others if they aren't taking their own advice. I can only stand here today advocating for the importance of self love, because I struggled with that very thing. The absence of my father in my life took a toll on my confidence and overall mental health. It was only in recent years that I began to fully embrace the idea that I have always been enough. I'm thankful to have found a calling that helps mold others, as well as myself, into the next generation of purpose driven individuals. I look forward to all that college has to offer, and in turn, to the many ways I hope to add success to my life. With a brave heart and a focus like never before, I am reminded of that day at Citi Field. I am prepared to raise my voice, face the crowd, and rally the cause.
    Black Entrepreneurs of Philadelphia Scholarship
    Mic in hand, sound checked, and ready to go. A crowd of thousands cheering loudly waited, as I made my way to the center of Citi Field. I needed only to remember that I was prepared regardless of what my nerves were telling me. I stood with mixed feelings as I represented our nation with my rendition of the national anthem. To be young, gifted, and black, and given this opportunity was nothing short of an honor. On the contrary, to be in this position in full understanding of the rarity of such an opportunity, only highlighted the lack of access people from my community have. It was then that I realized how much more work needed to be done for black and brown people, and that the inclusivity couldn't stop there. I co-founded an organization called Read and Rule that expands the realm of possibilities for people of color as well as all others. We design programs that enable young people to engage in meaningful and educational ways. I am a strong believer in the fact that one should be just as focused on their studies, as they are confident in themselves. We place a huge emphasis on mental health and self love, because it is in those areas that the black community is mostly ignored. Throughout my ongoing walk towards self love, I realized that it all starts with representation. Who you have in your life, who you look up to, and what you surround yourself with, make up a lot of who you are. Despite not having my father active in my life, I am grateful to have my mom be my guide. However, not all children and teens have that someone. Through our company Read and Rule, we host quarterly forums called “Level Up and Lead”. These conferences are hosted through zoom as of late, due to the pandemic. We connect teens with influencers who serve as role models, and give candid testimonials about how they struggled, overcame, and won in life. For the aspiring dancers and artists, I sought the sponsorship of the American Ballet Theatre. They arranged an unforgettable evening for a select group of teens and children to meet Misty Copeland. It is powerful for young people of color to see someone that looks like them succeed in a world where they are often underrepresented and underappreciated. Although I host these events alongside my twin sister, I too benefit from the exposure. As I continue to come into my own, I’m grateful that I have the chance to be the person I needed when I was younger. I understand all too well that despite one's best efforts, a lack of resources will often be a detriment to a successful outcome. I am a firm believer that one can’t be in the position to influence others if they aren't taking their own advice. I can only stand here today advocating for the importance of self love, because I struggled with that very thing. The absence of my father in my life took a toll on my confidence and overall mental health. It was only in recent years that I began to fully embrace the idea that I have always been enough. I'm thankful to have found a calling that helps mold others, as well as myself, into the next generation of purpose driven individuals. I look forward to all that college has to offer, and in turn, to the many ways I hope to add success to my life. With a brave heart and a focus like never before, I am reminded of that day at Citi Field. I am prepared to raise my voice, face the crowd, and rally the cause.