Empowering Young People through Spoken Word and Written Word Programs
Legendary Miami Dolphins Defensive End Jason Taylor, established the Jason Taylor Foundation to support and create programs that facilitate the personal growth and empowerment of South Florida’s children in need. The foundation focuses on improved health care, education, and quality of life.
Most recently Taylor joined the Campaign Leadership Cabinet for Realizing Potential – The Campaign for Nova Southeastern University. His foundation’s latest gift, together with support by Erwin and Barbara Mautner Charitable Foundation, supports the Young Authors Summer Series at NSU’s Alvin Sherman Library. The series invites young authors ages 13-18 to expand their literary talents and polish writing skills through fun and creativity-stretching writing workshops. In addition, for the past three years, Taylor’s foundation has served as the presenting sponsor of the Louder Than a Bomb Florida Poetry Festival, hosted in partnership with NSU.
Regarding the poetry festival, Taylor has said, “We believe very strongly in not only educating the young people we serve, but also in empowering them to develop their voice.”
Just as the poetry festival aims to amplify young people’s voices through the art of the spoken word, NSU’s Young Author’s workshops aim to empower young people to express themselves through the art of the written word.