- Age: 18
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Given today’s political climate, the activism of young people everywhere is essential in shaping the future global stage and ensuring the rights of all people. Young female leaders especially hold the key to achieving full equality, and, for this reason, it is necessary we give them the tools to succeed.
- Kayla Hayempour
Kayla Hayempour was born and raised in the United States. She is currently attending Palisades Charter High School. Kayla is the Palisades Chapter President of Girls Learn International, Teen Council President and volunteer at The Book Truck, Chief of Staff of the Pali High Ambassadors, member of the Los Angeles Jewish Federation Teen Initiative, and member of Mayor Eric Garcetti’s Youth Council.
What ignited your pursuit for gender equality?
My first period. I experienced extreme, debilitating pain that kept me from going to school, and I went on birth control at the age of 12 to manage. My experience made me realize how lucky I am to have resources and that I was able to continue school.
Please share your biggest wins as an advocate for gender equality.
I’m working to bring reusable pads to homeless and low-income girls and women in Los Angeles. I'm hoping that by providing access to period products, they won't be hindered or limited by their period. Instead, they can pursue their goals and make the world a more gender-equal place.
Outside of your gender equality advocacy work, what do you enjoy doing?
I love to read and travel. I'm a huge foodie and enjoy binging on Spanish telenovelas. I love US women's soccer and have recently taken up sewing.
- English (Advanced/Native)
- Farsi (Intermediate)
- Spanish (Intermediate)
- access to menstrual products
- child marriage
- benefits of teen-to-teen outreach
Past Awards, Certifications, or Fellowships:
- Acceptance to attend the UN Commission on the Status of Women (CSW65, March 2021)
- Girls Learn International SoCal Regional Trainings
- Peer Mediation and Council Training
- DECA SoCal Trainings
- Los Angeles Jewish Teen Initiative - Julie Beren Platt Teen Innovation Grant
- Principal's Honor Roll
- DECA SoCal Finalist - Hospitality Cluster