Imani Battick, 18, is a young change-maker from Spanish Town, Jamaica. Imani's story shows what a huge difference can be made with dedication, tenacity and passion. Imani joined LFM in 2013 when she was nine years old. She attended all our events and participated in our youth programs. Imani applied to become our Youth Coordinator in 2020 and our board of directors were very impressed with her passion for youth programs. Imani is currently responsible for designing, implementing and maintaining programs that reflect the needs and interests of the youth in our communities. We recently got the opportunity to sit with Imani and ask her a few questions.
How should community members support each other?
If you see someone struggling, proactively offer to help and talk about solutions. Share experiences and lessons learned. Each one, teach one. Also treat people the way you want to be treated yourself.
Why do you think our communities would benefit from having more young women in leadership roles?
I believe in diversity. I love working with other people regardless of gender. However in my personal experience thus far I have noticed women tend to be more sensitive and focused on the development of our youth.
Who is your role model?
You are undoubtedly busy, how do you take care of yourself and maintain a good mental health?
This remains challenging at times, but the key for me is to exercise and regularly spend time with family and friends. Good personal hygiene is very important and putting my health first by eating healthy. I like to listen to music, read and keep myself upbeat because MENTAL HEALTH IS REAL! I make sure to keep myself in an active state where I can just feel comfortable.
What advice would you give to the next generation of female youth leaders?
Choose a role that you are passionate about. You have to work very hard so have fun while doing it. Be honest and explicit about what you want and feel. If you want things to change, you have to actively address it and talk about solutions.