Local student earns first Sheriff’s Star award

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Sheriff Eric Flowers presents Sheriff Star award to Imani Williams

The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office Community Affairs Unit has selected Imani Williams as the first Sheriff Star. The new Sheriff Stars program recognizes young people who are making a positive impact in our community. She was nominated by Shala Edwards, executive director of the Treasure Coast Girls Coalition.

Imani is an 11th-grade student at St. Edwards School who is active in sports and enjoys studying AP English. Her academic accomplishments include starting a poetry club at her school, which has resulted in her getting published. She recently started a new club at the school called Breaking Barriers, which offers underrepresented African-American students a place to have open discussions. When not at school, Imani works part-time and volunteers with several organizations. She mentors young females through the Treasure Coast Girls Coalition.

“I want to reach out and push them beyond their boundaries like me,” she said. Imani also participates in Crossover Mission, a basketball and mentorship program that provides one-on-one academic support and character building. She has received mentoring with the organization and become a mentor as well. She recognizes the need for mentorship in young kids.

“I wouldn’t be here if I had not had mentoring,” she said. Imani’s volunteer time is also given to working with organizations for adults, like Opulent Life, making hygiene bags for the homeless, and working as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army at Christmas. She enjoys the work she does and says she “always strives to do more.” Imani looks forward to accomplishing her future goal of becoming a civil rights attorney. The Indian River County Sheriff’s Office is proud to announce Imani Williams as a Sheriff Star.

If you know a young member of our community who is making a positive impact who you would like to nominate as a Sheriff Star, send us an email with a brief description and your contact information to community@ircsheriff.org.

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