Kayla Keckler sat attentively listening to her camp counselor at Camp Bountiful, a summer retreat she participates in, as he explained that life is short and people need to make the best of every day. That message resonated with her and she took it one step further. Kayla decided that she needed to take advantage of every opportunity to make her own and others’ lives better.
Earlier this year, the 13-year-old organized a drive to collect jeans for homeless shelters in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico through Aéropostale and the organization DoSomething. Kayla coordinated Teens for Jeans, gathering 283 pairs with the help of her Donnell Middle School classmates.
Kayla has always been active. Along with being a straight-A student, she participates in track, cross country, band, choir and is an active member of her church. Her schedule is not a typical eighth grader’s, but that doesn’t stop her. Kayla is currently planning the next Teens for Jeans drive to take place in October.
Her passion to contribute to her community radiates as she talks about her future goals of going on a mission trip to Africa and discovering something remarkable to leave her mark on history. One thing is certain about Kayla. Her spark and energy is contagious and she will continue to inspire those around her.