Shayla Rodriguez is a rising senior at Hapeville Charter Career Academy, she is also an active member of the National Honor Society, National Beta Club and Student Body President of her school. She is also a Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Alumni. She was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia.
Shayla recently founded a city-wide initiative in Hapeville, Georgia titled Bridging the Gap; Bridging the Gap Project aims to address the disparity of community resources of different racial groups within the city. Within this project, she hosts different workshops every second Wednesday of every month to cover different topics in her community with keynote speakers. Shayla is passionate about policy work and the different ways a bill can have an impact on Georgia families. Shayla wishes to learn all the different analysis styles of a bill and the process bills go through at the capital. She has a strong passion for helping others by being the voice of those who are not heard due to the isolation that racial and language barriers cause. She strives to make improvements for people of color, immigrants, refugees, and women.
Every month Shayla ensures non-English speaking families receive their community newsletter by translating the information in Spanish. She has also participated for three years in a row with Emory University South Georgia Farm Workers Project where she helps set up mobile medical clinics and interpreting for patients if needed. Additionally, Shayla has been a Spanish Liaison and Canvasser for a Councilman campaign. She is actively a lead board member of Teens Against Domestic Violence in which she is responsible for spreading the word of domestic violence in communities, school, family and friends in every aspect possible.
Shayla plans to major in Political Science next year and determined to break racial isolation and a language barrier in the LatinX community because no human being is illegal!