Katlyn Taylor spent 2.5 years in Michigan's foster care system.

Katlyn entered care at 12 years old and was adopted by her aunt at the age of 15. She did not let her upsetting experiences or her parent's actions define her. In high school, she participated in Cheer year round and was actively involved with the community through coaching both Rocket Cheerleading and Middle School Competitive Cheerleading for three years. She is also President and Education Liaison of Michigan Youth Opportunity Initiative program in St. Joseph County. She volunteered at Thurston Woods Village Nursing Home. A sophomore at Glen Oaks Community College, Katlyn is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and is planning to attend Michigan State University and earn a Master's Degree in Social Work. She has successfully balanced work, school and community service while maintaining a 3.5 GPA. She plans to be a foster parent once she feels her life is ready for that. Katlyn's ultimate goal to touch as many foster children and at-risk children's lives as she can.

Quote: "I give back because just one positive influence could change someone's whole life or perspective."

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2017 Outstanding Young Leaders