Tylaya Kint is a rising senior at Central High School, a trained dancer and is fluent in sign language. Tylaya spent six weeks with us this summer as a Bloomberg Arts Intern via The Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, Bloomberg Philanthropies and WorkReady Philadelphia. She is currently taking dual-enrollment courses at Community College of Philadelphia and is already working toward her goal to one day work with children with special needs. Curious to learn more about this selfless young queen? Well we've got you covered!
Hometown: Philadelphia, PA (Currently resides in North Philadelphia)
School: Central High School
Favorite Movie: The Little Rascals
Favorite Food: Tacos
Favorite Candy: Chocolate
Who is your hero?
Me, because when I fall down, it’s up to me to pick myself up.
What was your favorite memory from this summer?
I actually have two. The first was College Boot Camp! We went on an overnight trip to visit Catholic University and Howard University in Washington, D.C. We stayed in the dorms at Catholic and participated in a self-guided scavenger hunt on Howard’s campus that was so much fun. My second favorite memory was the summer showcase. I was so proud of the middle schoolers I worked with during the two weeks of the leadership conference. They did a really good job on their play!
ACCE Summer 2017 accomplishment you are most proud of?
Being a mentor to some of the middle schoolers. Going into it I didn’t know that would be the case, but I was happy they trusted me enough to talk to me if they were having a rough day. I really got a lot of out empowering and encouraging them.
If you could choose a movie title to describe your life currently, what would it be?
Top three things to check off your bucket list?
Graduating from college, traveling outside of the country and landing an internship at a major company.
To become internationally known for helping people with special needs.
What is your favorite art form, and why?
It’s hard to choose because I love music, dance and visual art. I use music and dance as an outlet based on how I’m feeling. Barbara Kruger is my favorite visual artist. I love the way she incorporates words and messages of encouragement in her work.
What motivates you?
The fear of dependency. I know we all need help at some point, but I don’t want to have to depend on my family and my parents forever. I want to be self-sufficient.
How has this experience helped you grow personally and professionally?
This experience helped me realize that kids learn in their own way, and that just like adults, they need outlets and time to decompress. My patience has improved as well.
What do you want the world to know about Tylaya?
My favorite quote: “Nobody can go back and start a new beginning, but anyone can start today and make a new ending.” (Maria Robinson) What that means to me is that no matter what happens in my life or if I ever feel like it’s too late to pursue my dreams, I will always remind myself that it’s never too late. You never have to become where you stopped or started.
Words of wisdom to other youth at The Advocate Center?
You don’t have to be what you see. I was raised around drugs, drug abuse, violence, etc. I don’t have to be that. I want to be better than that.