2012 Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellow ; 2014 Boston Haifa Leadership Exchange ; 2014 Root Cause Social Innovator ; 2015 Claneil Foundation Emerging Leaders ; 2016 Boston Celtics Hero Among Us ; 2016 CNN Hero
Marquis Taylor was raised by a single mother in Los Angeles, CA, in a neighborhood that was over-crowded with liquor stores, drug deals, and gangs. As a student who struggled with reading, staying on task, and had many behavior issues, he was often recommend to repeat grades. Playing basketball and getting involved in other extracurricular activities prompted Taylor to develop a love for learning to keep him engaged and on a path to graduate high school.
Extracurricular activities provided him with different opportunities that allowed him to see a world beyond Florence and Normandie (childhood landmark intersection). Coaches, camp counselors, and peers became an expanded network of positive roles models, advisors, and friends to help him understand that success was realistic and within reach. These are the people who inspired Taylor to dedicate his life to helping today’s at-risk youth understand the connection between education and economic empowerment by expanding learning opportunities for children through project based learning, physical activity, and mentoring.