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Mr. Taylor holds a Master’s in Public Health from the University of Southern California and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology from Pitzer College. Mr. Taylor has been working with homeless and runaway youth for more than 23 years and is known in the field and in his community as an expert in high-risk youth issues. During the eleven years, while at My Friend’s Place, a resource center for homeless young people in Hollywood, Mr. Taylor has been a trainer and program evaluator, and developed a health education program targeting homeless youth, to reduce their risk in the areas of mental health, sexual health, violence and substance use. Mr. Taylor has also worked with Common Ground in Santa Monica, an HIV service organization, to develop its first program for high-risk and homeless youth. Mr. Taylor also spent nearly ten years at the Los Angeles Youth Network, a shelter and resource center for runaway youth in Hollywood. While there, Mr. Taylor developed the street outreach and peer education program and increased the agency’s capacity to mentor youth graduates, training them to be peer mentors and staff members. Concurrent to this, Mr. Taylor helped to harness community support for the needs of young people experiencing homelessness in the Hollywood via several interagency partnerships. This led Mr. Taylor to work to tighten the network of care via the Hollywood Homeless Youth Partnership (Co-Chair, 1999-2001, and to prioritize police and social service relations via the Hollywood Community Police Advisory Board (Civilian Co-Chair, 2000).