Knicole TaylorEmpowering Minds of Maryland's Youth, Baltimore, MD Award Year: 2023
Knicole Taylor is the co-founder and Executive Director of Empowering Minds of Maryland’s Youth (EMMY), a nonprofit with a mission of empowering children with life skills through mentoring, learning experiences, and artistic outlets. EMMY was developed to help build and sustain a positive self-image, while fostering critical thinking and reflection. Their goal is to transform youth into young adults who have confidence, determination, self-awareness and self-love. EMMY’s programs include community service, academic tutoring, health and nutrition, career development, and more. Taylor is also the founder of Empowered Women in Business International, an organization committed to empowering women in business and Program Director of Empowered to Stand Health Services, an accredited community health organization with a mission to empower, educate and motivate individuals, families, and communities to stand independently and collectively with confidence. Services offered include nutrition education, financial management, job readiness, and more. Taylor received her Bachelor of Science in Social Work from Sojourner-Douglass College.