Wilmington Youth Selected as National Peace First Prize Finalist for 100 Men Reading Program

Posted on  08/23/2013 12:34 pm

Imani Henry, a 12-year-old from Wilmington and the founder of the Brandywine Valley Friends 100 Men Reading Event, is a finalist for the Peace First Prize. Peace First Prize recognizes and showcases young people who have confronted injustice, crossed lines of difference, and had the courage and compassion to create lasting change.

The Peace First Prize creates the opportunity to celebrate the powerful contributions of peacemakers. The Prize will recognize young people between the ages of 8-22 for their compassion, courage and ability to create collaborative change. The prize winners will receive a two-year $50,000 Peace First Fellowship, and Peace First will invest in their leadership as peacemakers and share their stories with the nation.

Back in June, City of Wilmington employees led all organizations with the most volunteer readers at Imani’s 100 Men Reading Event in New Castle County. Men from the Office of the Mayor and the Departments of Planning, Constituent Services, Licenses and Inspections, Firefighters, and Council Member Justen A. Wright read to students in elementary schools throughout the City of Wilmington.

This year, the 100 Men Reading Event took place Statewide as men read to children in Kent and Sussex Counties.

“The 100 Men Reading program not only promotes literacy, but it also encourages men in the Wilmington community to become positive role models for children in our City,” said Mayor Dennis P. Williams. “Imani has created a program that will touch the lives of many children in Wilmington and throughout the State of Delaware.”

The Peace First Prize received thousands of applicants. The semi-finalists were narrowed down to 600 and Imani was named as one of only 50 finalists. As the only Delawarean, Mayor Williams and the City of Wilmington encourage you to support Imani by viewing her video and show your support on social media by either tweeting, Facebook ‘liking’ or clicking Google+.

Check out Imani’s video below:

For more information about the Peace First Prize please visit: www.peacefirst.org