A Place Called Home Welcomes New Deputy Executive Director
Jasmine Taylor has been an advocate for youth development and education since her early teens. Her distinguished career began at age 15 when she was recognized for her leadership efforts in bringing redevelopment to her hometown of Compton, California. Then at age 16, following the devastation caused by the Los Angeles uprisings, she managed her first nonprofit as the President of the Rebuild LA Youth Task Force.
Jasmine went on to earn her BA in Public Policy Management and Planning, specializing in educational policy and non-profit management, and her MA in Counseling from Dallas Baptist University.
With a vast array of valuable experiences and a vision for inner-city youth education, Jasmine co-founded the South Los Angeles Community Harvest Foundation (CHF), which establishes charter schools in inner-city communities. As a result of her commitment to purpose-driven social justice work, Jasmine is the recipient of both national and international awards, including the prestigious Reinhard Mohn Fellowship, awarded every two years to five social entrepreneurs globally, and the National Urban Fellowship, awarded to accomplished professionals committed to social justice nationwide.
Prior to accepting her new leadership position with APCH, Jasmine served as Assistant Executive Director of the Sunrise Children’s Foundation in Las Vegas, an organization focused on providing nutrition and early childhood education for the families in need in Southern Nevada.
“This community poured into me, invested in me, and now I can return and do the same for the next generation of young leaders.”
We are thrilled to welcome Jasmine to the APCH family and asked her to reflect on what drew her to A Place Called Home’s mission, and what it has been like to return home to Los Angeles:
What motivated you to apply for the Deputy ED position?
When I saw the 25th anniversary video, which painted a picture of how APCH got its start providing a refuge for the youth of South Central LA in the early nineties, I was instantly connected to the heart of the mission. I was one of those children. Although I was growing up in the neighboring community of Compton, children all over Los Angeles were in need of a safe haven like A Place Called Home. Agencies like APCH provide much more than safety. We provide education, exposure and opportunity that literally change the trajectory of the lives of our students and families.
How is the move back to LA for you and your family?
It is wonderful to be home. Unfortunately, we were welcomed by COVID-19 when both my daughters and I contracted the virus as a result of the spike here in Southern California. Thankfully, we have all fully recovered and have been able to help shed light for friends and family members about the importance of staying safe. It’s a challenging time to return home since we can’t really see family members as we normally would, but we are enjoying the weather, the natural beauty of the beaches and some of our favorite parks.
What does being a leader at APCH mean to you?
I am truly humbled to be returning to my hometown after 16 years. I had the opportunity to run my first nonprofit right here in South Los Angeles in 1993, through Rebuild LA after the LA uprisings. It has always been my heart to return home. Leadership, therefore means, paying it forward. This community poured into me, invested in me, and now I can return and do the same for the next generation of young leaders.
We are so excited and grateful to have Jasmine Taylor’s leadership at A Place Called Home. In her role as Deputy Executive Director, Jasmine directs Finance, Operations and Human Resources. Her expertise and vast experience will help sustain APCH and prepare our organization to best meet the needs of young people and families in South Central LA. Please join us in welcoming Jasmine home!