LaPorte High School student involved in major TikTok company
Though LaPorte High School may seem big and intimidating, it hides hidden gems such as junior Sara Villa. Villa works with the famous TikTok channel Gen-Z for Change that has over one million followers.
Famous TikTok creator Aidan Kohn-Murphy asked for help filling positions for a new podcast he was creating, and Villa saw a position that needed to be taken in design. She ended up volunteering as the head of the video editing department.
The podcast has evolved to a TikTok channel that was called TikTokers For Biden during election season, encouraging young people to vote and post videos about political issues. After the election season had ended, Kohn-Murphy added a YouTube channel that Villa specializes in editing.
Though Villa has had a passion for graphic design since she was younger, she didn’t have any big projects before she started working for Gen-Z for Change.
“Gen-Z for Change has been the biggest pride in my life because I didn’t know what I was getting myself into, but it has been the best opportunity. It has helped me build connections with people, and I know a lot of people from Pennsylvania and Florida. Now, they were able to get ahold of Dr. Fauci, which has blown my mind,” Villa said.
Dr. Fauci is a famous immunologist who has advocated for more COVID-19 safety precautions, and he was featured in a Gen-Z for Change YouTube video advocating for more of the younger generation to get vaccinated.
Though Dr. Fauci is a high profile figure who has been on the Gen-Z for Change YouTube channel, he is not the only celebrity who has been on the podcast and other platforms.
TikTok star Dylan Troesken has also been featured on Gen-Z for Change. Actors and actresses Kevin McHale, Dianna Agron, Darren Criss, Heather Morris, and Harry Shum, from the famous television show Glee, have an episode that was published on November 6th of last year.
Though Villa has no plans to leave the Gen-Z for Change channel, she plans to major in Visual Communications in college, and she wants to create work on something with a message.
“Working with Gen-Z for Change has taught me that work should have a message,” Villa said.
Currently, Villa is fueling her passion for graphic design by taking classes such as Radio and Television, and she even made the new banner for Slicer Newsroom as well as the picture for this article.
Villa’s advice to anyone who wants to get into big projects such as Gen-Z for Change would be to sign up for any project possible and get experience while you can.
“Even if you think it’s a small opportunity, just join it. I had no idea this would turn into something larger. Even if it is a smaller opportunity, it is still experience that is under your belt,” Villa said.