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Victoria Baynes Lopez, a native of Queens, N.Y., has accomplished more in 12 years than many people have accomplished in a lifetime.
It was clear early on that Victoria was destined for big things when at the age of 3 she told her mother, “I want to live a life of importance and matter.”
She went on to compete in pageants and developed a confidence, poise and stage presence that would become tools for her future. Pageants also would introduce her to the world of volunteerism and provide an outlet for her passion of empowering and uplifting others.
“At the time I was not the “joiner” type, shares Victoria’s mother, Kim Baynes, “But my heart changed when I saw all the people my daughter reached by volunteering her time.
“She would give hugs and play with the kids regardless of the handicap, and youth with cancer and diabetes came to see her as an everyday hero.”
Her volunteer efforts captured the attention of Good Morning America producers who invited her to make numerous appearances on the show. She would later be chosen for a role on TLC’s reality TV series, “Toddlers and Tiaras” and would use her exposure as a platform to reach others about the importance of community service and volunteerism.
She has appeared as an extra on Nickelodeon and in a number of short films.
A family member’s illness in 2009 would result in a move to Houston where Victoria and her mother would launch Itz 4 Kidz By Kidz, an organization that creates opportunities for youth to meet and hear from someone that will change their lives.
A wise person once told Victoria to read business journals and watch shows to start walking the walk, shares her mother. The outspoken pre-teen heeds and shares those words of wisdom with others.
“If you want to be an Oprah or the President read their bios and learn about the people who influenced them,” says Victoria.
In this same vein, she encourages youth to connect with someone that has the job or career they would like to obtain.
“If it is a car dealership, then interview everyone from the car washer to the salesperson so when you become eligible for the position you know everything about the career,” says Victoria.
As host of ‘What Up World’ on the Voice America Kidstar Network and co-host of ‘Kidz View’ on Saturday mornings on KCOH 1230AM, she provides a platform for young people to discuss and share their views and opinions on the issuesimportant to them.
Anti-bullying,an issue that is close to Victoria’s heart, is one of the issues discussed on her talk shows. With a heart to serve and empower others, Victoria is on a mission and hopes to help individuals recognize their God-given gifts.
“Whether you are a master organizer, great with numbers or the greatest listener, know your gifts and then give them to the world,” she says.
The dynamic pre-teen also encourages youth to be game changers, and has taken her own advice, and today is a sought-after motivational speaker, radio talk show host, actress, author, and model, and shows no signs of slowing down.
On The Move
- At age 5, she won her 1st pageant and gave the prize money away to the Rongai Agricultural Middle School in Africa and asked her school, St. Gabriel, to match the funds, and they did.
- Coordinated an anti-bullying rally with the Harlem Globe Trotters and three schools to teach the ABC’s of Bullying.
- Arthur Ashe essay contest finalist in Texas, Female 10 and Younger category
- Youngest speaker at the Unity Explosion 2014
- Founded Cougar Radio at Ruby Clifton Middle School and started “What Up World” on the Voice America Kidstar Network to teach youth how to be successful.
- Co-host on KCOH 1230AM Radio’s Kidz View Talk Show
- Published in Rice University’s Anthology for Young Writers for her work “My Greatest Possession” and received her first invitation to speak at a college.
- Invited to announce the keynote speaker at 2014 Urban Tech Conference
- Volunteer advocate for literacy, hunger and disease prevention through early detection.