Kayla Saniya Fortson

Student at Tulane University

New Orleans, Louisiana, USA / Black/African American

👩 She/her/hers

🎓 Pursuing a Bachelor Degree in Computer Science & Psychology at Tulane University

😁 Kayla participated in a youth leadership program called Los Angeles Posse.

Kayla Saniya Fortson

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.

Kayla Saniya Fortson

WATCH & DISCUSS

Watch: Microsoft’s TEALS Volunteer Program

Discuss:

  • Why does Kayla volunteer for the TEALS program?

  • If Kayla was volunteering in your classroom, what questions about computer science would you ask her?

OTHER RESOURCES

Microsoft’s TEALS Program helps students in New Orleans learn computer science

ARTICLES

EXTENSION ACTIVITIES

Student volunteer opportunities:

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!”

Watch: Microsoft’s TEALS Volunteer Program