Amaia Childs – Many steps ahead

Such is their shine that many youths often compel their elders to wonder about what steps they will take to better the world. Within her Grays Ferry community and in the classrooms at the High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, 901 S. Broad St., Amaia Childs must certainly find herself among those whose enthusiasm inspires hopes for a fruitful future.

The 17-year-old resident of the 1600 block of South 27th Street has become a burgeoning figure to count on, particularly through her dance endeavors. A company member at her Hawthorne school, she scored lead performer status in last year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade and has enjoyed renown through special opportunities within the city and state, as well as Washington, D.C.-based duties in the Cherry Blossom Parade.

Thanks to daily classes covering six forms of her passion, she has also used her skill to assist children through the after-school program overseen by the Young Chances Foundation, the South Philly Review’s community partner in presenting this issue, with Tyrique Glasgow, a 2013 Difference Maker, as its founder. Her brain joins her limbs as a tireless source of success, with a 3.7 grade-point-average, first honors, and high honors in English and Science proving her academic might. With a year left at CAPA, she will continue considering her college aspirations, with the arts, business, communications, and the law comprising her current quartet of interests. – Joseph Myers