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Kayla Mallett Is a Child Well-Being Advocate in Columbia, SC. She works with the South Carolina Citizen Review Panel, housed at USC’s School of Law’s Children’s Law Center to coordinate South Carolina’s three state panels which are federally mandated to review the policies and procedures of DSS as they relate to child protection services and to make annual recommendation for improvement. Kayla knows and believes “the child leads the man,” and adverse experiences in childhood can lead to negative outcomes in adulthood, creating barriers to success for children and their families. Creating systemic improvements ultimately means more support for the parents, social workers, teachers, community leaders and others working on behalf of prevention and healing for youth in our communities.
Kayla has worked on behalf of candidates, issues, and causes that lend themselves to improving the condition of children in underserved and under resourced communities by educating and empowering others to take action for meaningful change and addressing systemic issues which make it difficult for change to take place.
Her most compelling experience was leading organizing efforts in Richmond and 12 other Georgia counties for the 2008 Obama Campaign; recruited, trained, and organized volunteers in Upstate SC in support of Finance Reform and the Affordable Care Act (2010) as well as the 2010 SC Coordinated Campaign with the SC Democratic Party, coordinated now Senator Mia McLeod’s 2014 campaign for State House, and worked as Field Director for Bobbie Rose for Congress in 2012. She also has volunteered for Richland 2 Board Member Amelia McKie’s 2014 campaign for office.
She is a certified ACEs Master Trainer with Children’s Trust SC and Strengthening Families Coordinator. She has completed the University of Maryland’s National Training Institute’s National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training, and Street Yoga’s Trauma-Informed Yoga Training.
Some of her many awards and honors are 2015 Graduate of Leadership Columbia, Honorary Member of Columbia College’s Phi Alpha Honor Society for her frequent presentations and continued support of the Social Work program, Volunteer Guardian ad Litem with Richland County CASA, auxiliary board member for The Language Buzz, published in the 2015 Carolinas Communication Annual peer-reviewed regional journal.
Kayla holds a Master of Arts degree in Organizational Change and Leadership from Columbia College.