Twenty-year-old Taylor will be a junior at Yale this fall and plans to pursue law school upon graduating. This summer, she's taking some time to teach a creative writing class for boys and girls.
"It can be really beneficial to the kids as a way to start discovering who they are."
Taylor hopes writing can help create a positive outlet for these kids.
"Part of it is, it's a healthier way to express yourself. Coming in and doing something like this and teaching a class could really effect them and inspire them to make better choices and try to be better and become something greater than they thought they could be."
Big Brothers Big Sisters has been a major part of Taylor's life. She became involved with the agency at age eight and was matched with her Big Sister Laura from age thirteen to eighteen.
"We're still in touch. We talk to each other on Facebook."
The program, and Big Sister Laura, were constant sources of positive encouragement for Taylor.
"There was always that little doubt in the back of my mind and she put that to rest. Laura never expressed any doubts."
Now Taylor is doing her part to give back to the program that gave her so much.
If you'd like to learn more about mentoring, call Big Brothers Big Sisters at 456-1600.
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