Amiga Taylor started her journey with Ephraim’s Place as a Board Member in 2014 and officially became the Interim Executive Director in June of 2017. Prior to Ephraim’s Place, Amiga has acquired more than 8 years of extensive management and coordination experience in education, arts & culture and in the sports & recreation sector. She possesses a strong background in human resources, administration, community relations, and program development. Amiga is the Co-Founding Executive Director of 4Reasonz, a former Program Director of a Toronto based arts organization, and a former Project Manager of an award-wining Yo’ Mama and Solace Magazine.
Amiga obtained her BA is Radio and Television at Ryerson University in 2012 and her Masters in Media Production at Ryerson University in 2014. She is very proud that she received the TD Michaëlle Jean Foundation ‘Changemaker’ Bursary in 2015 which was award based on a written proposal and an efficacious development and execution of “Bruxism,” a community arts-based multimedia project for 15 racialized youth from marginalized GTA communities.
The experiences Amiga had as a youth growing up in the inner city and the tragic death of her brother, Ephraim Brown, inspired her to use her gifts to mentor, support and inspire racialized and marginalized youth to see their fullest potential, rather than give their lives to the streets.
The highlight in Amiga’s workday is collaborating with other creative minds, also invested and passionate about providing opportunities for residents of the communities we serve, to create positive social changes for themselves and their families.
Her favourite program is the Phoenix League, a youth mentoring and character building program for over 300 youth city-wide. It is her favourite program because using basketball as a platform, Ephraim’s Place is able to reinforce messages of peace, justice, truth, love and freedom in a fun, interactive and engaging way for youth.
Have you mentored any of the youth/adults and seen them grow? How did it make you feel?
Amiga has mentored and seen many youth/adults grow. “It feels amazing. The feeling that a project/program/event I contributed to provided employment and/or educational opportunities for disenfranchised youth makes me feel like I am fulfilling my true purpose in the time I have here in the world.”
In her spare time, she loves to dance and she is an avid NBA fan. She spends the latter half of her evening watching games, commentary, reading sports reports and “talking” basketball. She also has a passion for cooking, learning new and interesting ways to express beauty in food and she adores spending quality time with her family.
Amiga would describe herself as a no holds barred, young professional, with a keen interest in providing, inclusive, supportive and creative spaces for people to thrive. She also consider herself a life-long student. As a result, she has had the opportunity to work with Canada’s most established thought leaders on new ways to develop, implement and evaluate a synergizing programme of educational opportunities to support a diverse marginalized population facing mental, economical and physical barriers. She is excited to share her expertise regarding all aspects of engagement- participation and awareness. She am fascinated with the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism, and passion that people show when they are learning or being taught, and how it extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their professional, educational and personal life journeys.