St. Kitts’ Youth Empowerment Division was proud to have Kayla James, one of the 25 Most Notable Teen Program Winners. In 2011, the Ministry of Youth Empowerment launched her 25 Most Notable His Teens Program. Among the well-deserved winners was Kyla James, her bright-smiling 16-year-old Washington Archibald High School student.
Recognized in the field of “courage to overcome health conditions”, James was diagnosed with acute transverse myelitis, a neurological disorder caused by an inflammatory process affecting the thickening of the spinal cord, four years ago at the age of 12. had been diagnosed. .
This meant that Kyla, looking forward to her sophomore year of high school, would have to traverse life in a wheelchair. As is, she was able to transform this crippling disability, then and now, into an inspiration that speaks to the power of the human spirit.
Kayla is now a 28-year-old woman who continues to blossom and stay strong. She also continues to pour her own energy into her music, performing her original compositions, arranging several calypso pieces and is now an instrumental composer.
In addition, the department stated that Kalia aspired to become a music producer and would like to continue working in the field of music, primarily as a music producer, and would like to receive guidance in the field from one of the local producers. Recently, she released her latest instrumental, which has been compiled into three different volumes titled ‘Melodies by Kailah’.
“Music is a tool that helps me navigate my emotions. As a creator, I use it to express my moods. As a listener, I am exposed to new ideas and styles that I can incorporate into my work.” she said. Recently, the Ministry of Youth Empowerment supported her Kyra’s efforts by purchasing all three of her “Kyra’s Melodies” to be performed in our office her space and workshop .