“The more you give, the more you get.”
These words are somewhat of a life motto for Danyale Anthony and it is fitting for the college senior with a listening ear and a passion for helping others. She will graduate in December from the University of Missouri – Kansas City with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice. Her post-graduation plan is to work as a victim’s advocate. “I’d definitely like to help at home in Wyandotte County first, but I also want to be there to support any kid that needs it,” she says.
Home wasn’t always a stable place for Danyale, who by the time she graduated from Wyandotte High School in 2012, was living with her uncle. She had a goal of attending Jackson State University in Mississippi, but decided it was best to stay close to look after her younger brother. Earning a $10,000 scholarship from the Kansas City Royals also helped cement her decision. “At first, I didn’t think I would win and didn’t even realize my name was called. I wondered why my counselor kept asking me if I was planning to attend the Shining Stars Celebration and afterward, it all made sense.”
The opportunity to participate in 20/20 Leadership was presented to her by that same counselor, Mrs. Leslie Simons. “She said, ‘sign this, you’re going to be in the program’. She also described it as an opportunity to learn professionalism.”
Professionalism was just the beginning of the lessons Danyale was able to learn and take away from the program. It was something that first was viewed as a day out of school, but she said, “I learned organization through the program, as well as how to act in professional settings.”
Between balancing school, a full-time job, family and friends, Danyale still makes volunteering a priority. She gives time to Veronica’s Voice, a local organization that works with victims of human trafficking. She has also appreciated the opportunities of continued engagement that have come as a result of participation in 20/20 Leadership and being named a KC Royals Scholar. “My advice to students is to be appreciative and to give back.”