Statewide Youth and Family Coordinator, FAVOR, Inc.
Taylor Ford is a Connecticut native with a passion for addressing mental health and practicing intentional self-care. She aspires to help create safe spaces for people to explore their own mental health as well as non-traditional ways to heal. Taylor is the Statewide Youth and Family Coordinator at Connecticut’s statewide, multicultural family support organization, FAVOR, Inc. based out of Wethersfield, CT. In this role, she works to educate and support youth and families to tap into their own power and use their voice to advocate for a more family driven and youth guided children’s mental health system. Taylor has worked primarily with high school students in various areas throughout Connecticut to educate them on mental health, wellness, and the system of care. In this education, she supports young people in brainstorming ways for them to support themselves, each other and their communities. Although her work has been concentrated in state, she has presented her work with facilitating community conversations with youth and young adults at national conferences including the National Federation of Families of Children with Mental Health, the Annual Children’s Mental Health Research & Policy Conference on Child, Adolescent, and Young Adult Behavioral Health and her collaborative work with Youth Mental Health First Aid and a Health Occupations Student of America (HOSA) site at the Young Adult Behavioral Health and Annual Conference on Advancing School Mental Health.
After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from Providence College with a major in Sociology and a minor in Black Studies, Taylor went onto receive her Masters of Social Work from the University Of Connecticut School of Social Work with a focus in Policy Practice. During her time as an undergrad, Taylor interned in the Reentry Department at the Rhode Island Department of Corrections and worked closely with the Fatherhood Initiative to create resources for families of incarcerated men who wanted to participate in the extended family visits. Once in graduate school, she interned with the development team for youth programs and began her work with youth and young adults shortly after. Taylor is currently an active member of Katal, Center for Health, Equity and Justice. As a member, she has supported community conversations around housing, co-facilitated presentations to Department of Children and Families social workers on the impact of the criminal justice system and community organizing in CT, and helped to plan and participate in actions on the Free Them Now CT campaign.