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Conversations with Tyla Cornelius

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tyla Cornelius. 

Hi Tyla, so excited to have you on the platform. So, before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
A little about me, I am 24 years old I graduated from Clarion University back in December of 2020. I have a degree in communications and a minor in speech communications. In my free time, I do enjoy singing, shopping, eating, and spending time with my loved ones. 

Back in 2017 of December, the most tragic thing happened to me. I lost my mother to cancer. That was the most awful thing, I was a sophomore in college trying to finish out my last two years, while also trying to process the fact that I lost my mother. With me being 4 out of 5 siblings I felt like everyone was depending on me to finish strong. I eventually did but the road wasn’t easy. 

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall, and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Life has not been the kindest to me. But honestly, I can’t complain, because honestly, I am so blessed! I know that there are people who have experienced more tragedy than me. 

But growing into a young woman without your mother is so hard. I honestly do feel lost in this big world sometimes. Which is why I decided to create “Thesafespace717 for motherless daughters”. For young ladies like me. 

I feel like I would be so much further in life, I would know more, and I wouldn’t have been in certain situations if my mother were still here on earth. I struggle with accepting the fact that I do not have a mother. I struggle with that every day. 

Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I created “The Safe Space 717” for young ladies like me. I lost a great amount of friends and even associates due to me losing my mother. I wanted other young ladies to know that you are not alone, I am here, I am with you, and I totally relate to you. After losing a parent at a young age people look at you like you’re “different”. 

At The safe space 717, we focus on a number of things. Self-love, self-improvement, emotions, “misplaced anger”. We are free to express ourselves in the most vulnerable way possible with no judgement. 

What sets the safe space 717 apart from most organizations, groups, etc. in Harrisburg is that this is a non-profit group. We don’t want your money; all we want to simply do is give back and better ourselves within the process. 

This summer we plan on holding a community day for the city of Harrisburg! We just want to help in any way we can and to give back to the city. 

We love surprises, fun facts, and unexpected stories. Is there something you can share that might surprise us?
One surprising thing about me that most people don’t know is that I am extremely shy! Most people don’t think I’m shy because I sing, I can sing in front of a huge crowd, but talking is another story! So, for me to start this group and hold bi-weekly sessions that is huge for me. I have definitely enjoyed meeting the other young ladies who relate to me. Stepping out of my comfort zone. 

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