Taylor Schad was a high school student, part of a pilot program to combat her school’s extraordinarily high teen suicide rates. As a mentor, she share the effects the program had on her classmates, her now adult self, and her former high school.
Taylor Schad is a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and currently positioned as an AmeriCorps VISTA assigned at the Boys and Girls Club of Rosebud serving as their Resource Development Specialist and Cultural Education Coordinator. She grew up in Rapid City, SD where she graduated Central High School. Taylor has spent the last four years at Stanford University working towards her BA in Native American Studies, graduating with honors in Education in June of 2015. While at Stanford, she was given the opportunity to study abroad at Oxford University where she studied Race Relations in the United Kingdom. Through work studies and a fellowship opportunity, Taylor used her summers to collaborate with various programs in western South Dakota, including Ateyapi (Rural America Initiatives) and Partnership with Native Americans. Taylor has recently been appointed to the board of directors for Networks of Support.
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