Kayla was born and raised in rural Alma, Kan. She will be a junior and is majoring in both international studies and history and completing a minor in social justice. Kayla participates on the Wildcat volleyball team and she is also a member of the Baker cheer squad. Kayla has been involved in Baker Student Senate for the past two years and was the class of 2012 vice president. She also has been the chairperson for the Campus Issues Committee. Kayla plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master’s degree. Her goal is to work either within the Foreign Service, U. S. State Department, or for nongovernmental organizations dealing with human rights.
Now in its fourth year, the Red Cross/NAIA Collegiate Leadership Program continues to inspire, motivate and create a new and diverse generation of Red Cross volunteers and leaders through exemplifying the five core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program. These core values are integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship, and servant leadership. As part of its support of Red Cross diversity initiatives, State Farm Insurance is sponsoring this partnership.
During their time in Washington, DC, the 2010-11 class will participate in a rare and unique opportunity to acquire first-hand coaching, mentoring and professional leadership training presented by senior leadership at the Red Cross, one of the nation’s largest non-profit organizations. In addition, Rob Haworth, NAIA vice president for Champions of Character, will meet with the students during the two week leadership academy.
Student-athletes will also learn from civic and business leaders how to uncover their leadership potential off the field. Participants will learn about organizing successful campus blood drives, actively participate on a leadership board, and take part in diversity and cultural competency training. For their efforts, students will receive scholarship support provided by the Red Cross and State Farm Insurance.
The program is part of a larger Red Cross diversity strategy for moving the Red Cross from awareness to action, building Red Cross capacity to serve all Americans.
The program is designed to:
- Inspire a new generation of Red Cross volunteers and leaders
- Promote diversity of Red Cross Blood Region boards of directors
- Champion a philanthropic cause
- Impact local communities
- Exemplify the core values of the NAIA Champions of Character program
- Provide training, coaching, mentoring and networking opportunities
- Foster leadership opportunities
In the program’s four-year history there has been a combined 65% increase in blood collections and a 47% increase in blood drives at participating colleges and universities and over 4,900 first-time blood donors at Red Cross/NAIA program drives. With the 2010 class, 50 student-athletes will have participated in leadership development at Red Cross headquarters in Washington, D.C., and over 42 college and university campus communities have been impacted by the initiative.