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Passionate for Nonprofits: Get to Know AALS Manager Kayla Babers

Meet Kayla Babers, United Way’s African American Leadership Society (AALS) Manager. Kayla joined the team in June 2020. She is a lifelong Quad Citizen, who graduated from Rock Island High School in 2011 and from Illinois State University in 2015. At ISU, she majored in journalism (visual communications) and minored in public health. Her greatest passions are her community, empowering women, social justice and fighting for the racially disenfranchised. 

Kayla has been an avid volunteer alongside her mother since she was a child. She started her journey with nonprofits as a board member with Love Girls Magazine, an organization her sister founded geared towards self-esteem, skills building and leadership for young women. 

“My mother exposing me to volunteerism at such a young age is where my passion for nonprofit work and helping my community started. I decided to begin a career that would allow me to do work I am passionate about. With that goal in mind, I found my way back to the nonprofit world with United Way,” Kayla said. 

Kayla also is a professional photographer and owner of KB Photography. She also serves as a board member for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in Rock Island.

More Information: Learn about the African American Leadership Society, a donor network formed under the umbrella of United Way Quad Cities.