Kym Taylor, African American Parent Involvement Specialist for the Moreno Valley Unified School District, will receive the Moreno Valley College Legacy Award at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship and Breakfast Ceremony. of college.
The breakfast, one of three hosted each year by the college, will be held from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Jan. 19 at the Moreno Valley Conference and Recreation Center.
Tickets are $65 for general attendees and $50 for registered students and can be purchased through the Admissions and Records Office in the Campus Welcome Center or by calling 951-571-6100. Sponsorship opportunities are available by contacting the Riverside Community College District Foundation office at 951-222-8626.
The Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast and Scholarship Ceremony will celebrate 11 years of supporting high school and college student success, social justice and community.
Taylor, who has lived in Moreno Valley for nearly 40 years, was nominated for this award by Micki Grayson, director of the TRIO Programs Office at Moreno Valley College.
“I nominated Kym Taylor because she championed the youth of the community and helped shape generations,” Grayson said in a press release. “Taylor’s life poignantly answers a question asked by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: “What are you doing for others?” »
Taylor arrived in Moreno Valley in 1985 and was a member of Canyon Springs High School’s first graduating class in 1989. After graduation, she attended San Diego State University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She then earned two master’s degrees in educational counseling in instructional design and curriculum design from National University.
After completing her education, Taylor returned to the Moreno Valley Unified School District in 1995 to teach. For nearly 30 years, she has worked as an educator, both in and out of the classroom. She first taught at Chaparral Hills Elementary School before moving to Badger Springs Middle School and then Vista del Lago High School.
After teaching for eight years, Taylor served as a school counselor at Valley View High School and earned a marriage and family therapist degree from California Baptist University.
Taylor is a co-founder of the Moreno Valley School District’s African American and African American Parent Advisory Councils and was part of the Riverside County African American Strategic Initiative to write the first plan for the county that has since been used as a model statewide, according to the press release.
She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. and serves as senior vice president and scholarship chair for her chapter.
“For the past 25 years, Taylor has championed student development and leadership opportunities for local Black youth in the community and throughout the Inland Empire region,” Grayson said in the press release. “As a young student leader for the Black Student Union of Moreno Valley, Taylor wanted to give local youth the same opportunity to connect with mentors and leaders.
“She wasn’t content to only work with students at the schools where she worked, she wanted to broaden her reach and began coordinating annual black student conferences to help students learn about advocacy and student service. She has dedicated countless hours of her time and financial resources to organize these educational and student development opportunities,” Grayson said.
“Taylor, quite literally, impacted generations of Moreno Valley, the Inland Empire and beyond. It’s not something she does, it’s just who she is. »
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