Skyla Floyd – Ohio Photography by Studio Z Photography Issue 43 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
The Nomination: I nominate Skyla because she is sweet, kindhearted, and passionate about the things she believes in. Skyla is a role model, an activist, a dancer, and a member of the National Honor Society of AHS. Skyla has a passion for dance but also a heart for humanitarian needs. Skyla, along with five friends, co-founded a human rights organization called The Change We Seek. What makes Skyla inspiring is her undeniable quest for betterment. She works hard to be a better person, a better dancer, a problem solver, and one who seeks to work and understand, not only herself, but others.
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What would you most like to be interviewed about? I would love to talk about why leadership is important to me!
Why is leadership important to you? Leadership is important because, when done correctly and genuinely, it can be the ignition for great change and betterment. The world has so much potential, but many people are stuck in their ways and lack an active drive to do better, or they’re eager to excel as a person, but don’t know where to start. Leaders are essential in motivating this growth and without them great potential may be wasted.
What strong leadership skills do you use most? Someone once said, “Leaders don’t create followers, they create more leaders”. I strive to inspire, not to instruct. I would say this is my strongest skill because many “leaders” try to command their agenda on others instead of creating an authentic interest in personal growth. Good leaders will create a cycle of other good leaders and I think that this outlook is my greatest skill.
What inspiring things about you does your nomination not cover? My nomination briefly covered the activism group called The Change We Seek, which my friends and I created this summer, to acknowledge important topics that we felt were being disregarded in our community. We hosted a rally against police brutality, fundraisers for many organizations, and met with our city's officers and state representatives to talk about bettering our community, school systems, and society.
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Tell us more about meeting with your city officers and state reps. Who set that up, who all went, and what topics did you discuss? What was the outcome? This past summer The Change We Seek decided that our predominantly white, suburban city was too sheltered from the adversity that people of color in our nation face on a daily basis. We set out many goals from acknowledging injustices in society to the school curriculum. The Avon police helped navigate us towards our state representatives and we discussed how the school curriculum is set, budgeting for ecological resources, and much more. Since then, I’ve had many people say they too feel ready to speak up against inequality, furthering the push in progression and new leadership.
Do you have plans to go into politics and if so what specifically? I don’t have plans to go into politics (at the moment)! I find that almost everything is political in the slightest and that acknowledgments in my own biases and beliefs -- bettering the way I think -- is truly most fulfilling!
What change/s do you hope most to see in the world in 2021? I really hope to see people recognize that their personal experiences aren’t the only experiences that matter and that they don’t speak for all communities. I think that most people have great ignorance of human nature, but I wish that people would go the extra mile to correct, educate, and do better for the benefit of all.
Look for Skyla in issue 43 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!