Kayla Saniya Fortson
Student at Tulane University
New Orleans, Louisiana, USA / Black/African American
🎓 Pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science & Psychology at Tulane University
😁 Kayla participated in a youth leadership program called Los Angeles Posse.
Kayla volunteers in schools to support and inspire young Black women in learning computer science.
ABOUT HER WORK
Kayla recognizes that learning computer science at an early age was a privilege, so she wanted to give back to her community by volunteering to assist young women with learning how to code and hoping she can inspire other young Black females to follow their career dreams.
She feels honored that she may play a part in sparking the love for another young woman to grow a passion for computer science.
WATCH & DISCUSS
Watch: Microsoft’s TEALS Volunteer Program
Why does Kayla volunteer for the TEALS program?
If Kayla was volunteering in your classroom, what questions about computer science would you ask her?
Microsoft’s TEALS Program helps students in New Orleans learn computer science
Kayla Fortson (LinkedIn)
Impacts of TEALS Program (students and teacher share experiences)
Student volunteer opportunities:
Microsoft TEALS student volunteer program
See the CSHS Outreach guide for guidance on leading an hour of code or outreach program
ADVICE TO YOUNGER SELF
Kayla first learned computer science in high school.
“Computer Science can be extremely challenging at times and discourage you. However, it is highly rewarding and there was never an obstacle you couldn’t face. With the right amount of patience and a healthy mindset, a lot of things you never thought would be possible came to be!”