Kayla Austin also known as "KAYROX" is a 2nd year student at Howard University majoring in Film with a minor in political science. She grew up in the Chicagoland are and attended Cranbrook Kingswood in Michigan as boarding student. Kayla is a passionate creator, influencer, entrepreneur, film maker, and inventor. She created her first invention at 7 years old for a school project and has never let up since then.
She has been a member of Girl Scouts since the age of 5 and has received her gold, bronze and silver awards, she is no stranger to the importance of giving back to her community. For the past 8 years, Kayla has been focused on making a difference in gun violence against youth. After being ignited by her participation in the NAACP Jr. ACT-SO program, Kayla has been determined to use her creative energy to design and build a device to help combat the devastating problem of gun violence against kids age (0-19). At the age of 12 he envisioned what is now "My Gun's Been Moved"
Kayla was selected as one of 50 African American girls to participate in Black Girls Lead program at Columbia and the BET Black Girls Rock Televised program where she was also honored by Monarch Magazine as a part of the Red-Carpet Media team.
She was also selected by AT&T team as one of 25 Dream in Black Future Leaders for inaugural cohort, identified by the National Urban as a 2022 Future Black History Maker, winner of Howard University Business school business pitch, honored on Teen Vogue as one of its 21 Under 21 List of the "Young Revolutionaries You Should Know", and entrepreneurial recipient of $25,000 from Pharrell Williams’ Black Ambition Prize.
Kayla has helped students across the country raise their voices about numerous social justice issues with her book and website “How to be a teen advocate”. She raised over $3200 for 300 teens in Bolingbrook and Detroit to watch and discuss the riveting movie on gun violence called “The Hate U Give”. She partnered with Rainbow Push, Victory Cathedral Worship Center, and Greater Grace Temple in Detroit, MI to acquire community participants in a panel that she facilitated.
Kayla is quite vocal and has participated in several panels and speaking engagements including a “Hands Up Don’t Shoot” panel discussion in Chicago with an Illinois State congressman and US Congressman Bobby Rush, an entrepreneurial panel discussion at the Quad County Urban League's Women's Empowerment Summit, a teen tech conference sponsored by Microsoft and Rainbow PUSH, and several other teen conferences.
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