Keyla Estrada, twenty years old, was originally born in Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico but migrated to Asheville two years ago. She is a girl that likes to listen to people and have that connection with them, and also to be able to help people. Keyla won an award called Unsung Heroes for the work she does in her community and for all the support she has given. She was also able to graduate from high school in June 2017 in spite of the language barrier due to not speaking English.
Keyla is one of the Tzedek Fellows and she will be working at Nuestro Centro with Nuestras Escuelas and Raíces, a program made up of children and mothers in the community where they are taught Mexican folkloric dance and culture. This program started four years ago at Emma Elementary and is now also at Eblen Intermediate, where Keyla will be their dance instructor. These programs were created to build relationships between the school and the community.
During her year as a fellow, Keyla wants to learn how to get together African-Americans and Latinxs so they can work together, and after her term at the Fellowship, she wants to continue to learn new things, explore, take her learnings and share them in new places, be constantly involved in the struggle, and also study at a university.