We are so proud of our Purpose Girls. They are truly fantabulous!
Enjoy this Q&A with Purpose Girl Sydney.
Q. Who are you?
A. I am Kaliyah Taylor and I am Integrity. I am 13 and attend Workman Junior High.
Q. Share one way in which you live out who you are everyday?
A. Everyday I live out who I am by doing what I am supposed to do when no one is watching me.
Q. What is your goal for this academic school year?
A. My goal for this academic school year is to get a high GPA (grade point average) and PSAT score so I can get into a school that earns my high school credits and counts as 2 years of college too.
-GPA stands for Grade Point Average
-PSAT stands for Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test
Q. What personal challenges have you had to overcome within the last 12 to 24 months? And how were you able to overcome them.
A. I would have to say the loss of my great grandfather. Knowing that he is in a better place and keeping him in my heart is how I have been able to process the loss.
Q. Do you feel that it is easy or difficult to be a girl in this culture?
A. When it comes to being a girl in the culture, I feel that it is somewhat difficult because when some people see an African American female, they see negative things first such as "being ghetto." Which every African American girl isn't.
Q. If you had to deliver the United Girls Around the World Address, share one thing you would say to girls around the world?
A. I would say to girls around the world that you do have a reason to be on this earth, even though it may not seem like it sometimes. Don't let ANYONE take away YOUR happiness.
Q. If you could give one piece of advice to parents of youth, what would it be?
A. My advice to parents of youth would be to be active in your child(s) life so they don't feel neglected but also give them some privacy.
Q. Ten years from now, where will you be and what will you be doing?
A. Ten years from now I will be in college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill earning my degree in Journalism.
Q. Share one of your favorite quotes, poem, or phrases.
A. "The closest friends you'll ever have are the ones you'd take a bullet for, but they're the ones you constantly feel you could put a bullet in as well." - Alex Gaskarth
Q. In closing, share one thing about yourself that people would find funny, exciting or surprising about you?
A. One thing about myself that people would find surprising is that I like to listen to rock music.