Taylor Gwinn

Howard University
Class of 2023

Empowering next generation of young black girls through building community.

As a first-generation college student and the daughter of a single mother, Taylor knew that the odds were stacked against her but used this as fuel for her fire. She focused on her education, leadership skills, inspiring others, and serving her community, knowing that the combination of these things would lead to bigger opportunities. Misunderstood by her parents, it was her beloved grandmother that believed in her and gave her the confidence she needed to take control of her own destiny.

Recognizing that education outside of the classroom is just as valuable as inside the classroom, Taylor teaches youth literacy every summer and as a volunteer at Piedmont Hospital, she helps reunite a patient with her estranged son. Above all, Taylor understands the value of community, founding Lean on Me Sister, an organization for African-American women that cultivates excellence and confidence to empower the next generation of leaders.

Leadership:

  • President, Interact Club
  • Vice President, Key Club
  • Senior Class Secretary
  • Lead Writer for Yearbook
  • Georgia Girls State Rep for North Georgia
  • Founder of Lean on Me Sister