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John W. Taylor

John W. Taylor is the Director of the Alpha Academy, a youth mentoring, tutoring, and parent support program, serving the greater Sacramento area. The program began in 2005 and provides weekly tutoring services for hundreds of students in 5th grade through 12th, in all subjects, and hosts dynamic group mentoring activities and parent workshops on the 3rd Saturday of every month. His leadership has created a variety of community engagement programs that encourage the creation, expansion, and growth of scholastic services, for young males and females, throughout Sacramento County. He is also a founding member, and the current President of the Concerned African American Parent (CAAP) advocacy group, a state-wide coalition of parents engaged and empowered to reform educational services.

Mr. Taylor has spent over thirty years working on community issues, from financing and coaching youth sports, raising funds to give scholarships to graduating high school seniors for college, serving as a leader on boards, commissions, and foundations, to establishing sustained collaborative operations with community based organizations and other charitable groups. His extensive background, tireless involvement, and proven track record coalesce to bring encouragement to children, empowerment to families, and enlightenment to schools.

His passion is to improve educational outcomes for all children, and he believes learning is a life-long journey, and each child deserves a chance to succeed. He is the recipient of several awards over the years, namely the March of Dimes “Volunteer of the Year”, the Sacramento Convention and Visitor’s Bureau – Multicultural Affairs “Community Soldier”, and the local NAACP “Man of the Year”. His college education, and degrees, is in business, economics, sociology, and American history.