“The biggest thing I’ve learned from being a Girls, Inc. girl is to never stop believing in what I want for myself,’’ said Caya. “Keep going, keep pushing, and keep fighting for what you believe in. There is always someone watching you succeed; and there’s always someone waiting for you to fail, so never quit.’’
Caya’s motivation was cultivated during her years at Girls Inc. of Huntsville. She grew in confidence and readily accepted new challenges. Girls Inc. also helped to nurture her interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) subjects. When she paired her interest in STEM and her love for visual arts and design, architecture became a top contender as a career choice.
When Caya decided she wanted to be a licensed architect, she knew that she would be a rarity as there were only 502 black female licensed architects in the United States at the time. Knowing that if she succeeded in earning her degree and license she would be one of only a few black female licensed architects motivates her to this day. She is now a third-year student in a five-year program at Mississippi State University where she is majoring in architecture and landscape design.
As a high school student, Caya volunteered her time and shared her talents with the younger girls at Girls Inc., teaching girls in K-2 grades. She volunteered here during her junior and senior years and tried to help instill that same confidence she gained from the organization. Girls are powerful — mind, body, and spirit. And Caya wants them to know that.
Girls Inc. remains important because it helps girls develop in many different areas. They form long-term friendships, participate in physical activities and discover who they are as individuals. For Caya, her time at Girls Inc. has allowed her to “be the very best version of me.’’