We are excited to be highlighting the winners from this year’s RAVE (Rockstar Awards Virtual Edition).
A reminder to everyone that there is still time to sponsor advocacy perks for Rockstars for our Rockstar Fundraiser!
Kayla Morgan is the recipient of the Marlene Matarese Advocate for Youth of the Year Award
This award is given to an individual who distinguishes themselves in the following ways:
- Outstanding and continued support and facilitation of youth and young adult voice as evidenced by involvement in youth-led projects, training, etc.
- Recognized as a significant support person for youth and young adults involved in advocating for positive systems change.
- Outstanding and continued commitment to being a champion for youth voice.
- Outstanding relationships with youth and young adults.
Now, let’s learn a little bit more about Rockstar, Kayla Morgan!
Kayla uses her degree in Criminal Justice, Juvenile Services and her lived experience with aging out of foster care and experiencing teen pregnancy and homelessness to bring awareness to the over-representation of children and their families in the child welfare system. Kayla has used her experience in foster care to implement policies and procedures on a national level with the National Child Traumatic Stress Network and Northwestern University and locally on the Race Equity Task Force Group DHHS, Kayla has dedicated her career to healing and uplifting Black and Brown communities with advocacy to prevent further generational trauma through her business As the founder of Resilient Roots Yoga provides a safe space for individuals who have experienced trauma to reconnect with their bodies through movement, positive:”I am” affirmations, meditation, and creative writing. When we slow down and take time to connect with ourselves we can change the narrative of our lives. We are brave. We are strong. We are resilient like our roots!
Check out Kayla’s book, Resilient Roots on Amazon
“Practicing gratitude is one of the easiest methods for increasing calmness and mindset shifts. It also improves moods by enhancing feelings of optimism, joy, pleasure, enthusiasm, and other positive emotions. cultivating an attitude of gratitude also reduces anxiety and depression.”
Watch Kayla’s Acceptance at the 2020 RAVE (Rockstar Awards Virtual Edition)
Thank you Kayla for being a Rockstar!