Whether she’s helping students with homework in the classrooms of St. Louis College Prep, mentoring young women at her church or aiding missionary work in Haiti, Kayla exudes leadership wherever she goes.

Always seen with a smile, Kayla uses her passions for education and youth to impact lives. As our volunteer coordinator VISTA, she has doubled the amount of volunteers in the program, helping us make a bigger impact on the students we serve. “She is so dedicated to impacting the lives of youth in our city,” Erin Malone, Director of Beyond School, says about Kayla.

Time and patience are Kayla’s ingredients for a successful VISTA year. She reflects on the growth she has seen in the students, recalling the victorious moments when they are confident in their academics. These moments are Kayla’s reminders that change happens in the details and it’s not always about the big picture, making her time spent impacting lives worth it. So much so that she is now working back in Beyond School as an Americorps State member.