Board Member Spotlight: Kayla Aves

With the pandemic affecting our social events, we thought you might enjoy getting to know your PAANC board members. Our hope is to spotlight a different board member each month. Enjoy this first installment with Kayla Aves, who looks after social media and is the youth/student liaison chairperson. Maybe you’ll be inspired by Kayla’s story and want to volunteer with PAANC. If so, please contact PAANC.president@gmail.com.

Q: What originally sparked your interest to volunteer with PAANC? 

Kayla: I served on the board of the University of North Carolina (UNC) at Chapel Hill Filipino student organization in college and had partnered with PAANC for an event. After graduating, I knew I wanted to continue supporting the Filipino community.

Q: How long have you been a PAANC volunteer?

Kayla: I have been volunteering with PAANC for two years.

Q: Where were you born and where did you grow up? 

Kayla: I was born and raised in Cary, NC.

Q: How did you end up living in North Carolina? 

Kayla: My family moved to NC right before I was born.

Q: What is your education/work background? 

Kayla: I was an advertising major at UNC with a double minor in public policy and entrepreneurship, and I currently work in digital marketing.

Q: What do you do in your spare time (hobbies, passions, etc.)?

Kayla: I love listening to music, traveling, and playing with my dog, Rigsby.

Q: What is your favorite board or card game and why? 

Kayla: Yahtzee is very big in my family. Growing up, we used to play it with my grandparents whenever we went to their house.

Q: When travel is safe again, where will you go first?

Kayla: I prefer beaches and warmer weather, so I will probably go to Florida.

Q: How have you grown as a result of COVID?

Kayla: I’m someone who likes to always stay busy, so I have learned how to slow down and enjoy the little things, like long walks in nature and spending time with my parents.

Q: What advice would you give to young people regarding the importance of volunteering? 

Kayla: Being a part of an organization like PAANC has really been fulfilling for me. We are inundated with news of tragedy and poverty, but there is no feeling like actually working to help improve people’s lives, be it through scholarship, disaster relief, or even just creating a welcoming community.

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