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Youth Bureau former STEP-UP! Participant Receives Full College Scholarship

Mount Vernon, NY, JULY 23, 2014 – Mount Vernon Track Star Donell Taylor, a graduate of Thornton High School class of 2012, will be transferring from Coppin State University in Maryland and heading to the University of Pittsburgh next month. When he gets there he’ll begin training with the Division 1 Pittsburgh Panthers and has his sights on Brazil 2016 Olympic Games.

Taylor, a former member of 2011 Mount Vernon High School National Championship Track Team. His record reads like an athlete of interest; 400 meter dash in 47.03 seconds as a high schooler and split the 4×4 in 45.7 seconds as the 2nd leg, a personal best, at the Penn Relays. He is currently ranked number 30 in the east coast and 50 in the nation for the 400 meter dash.

“I feel like I am on a different wave length! I am very excited, happy and humbled. I knew that I always wanted to run in college, but I also knew the cost and sometimes it seemed like it wasn’t going to happen. But as soon as those thoughts crossed my mind I worked that much harder.” said Donell.

He who now works part time as an office aid in the Youth Bureau and is a Computer Science major with a minor in Mathematics. Taylor credits much of his success to his late grandmother who raised him. Virginia Taylor passed away just a week before he received his scholarship, Taylor said, “I dedicate all that I am today to her. She was an amazing woman who was always so proud of me. This would have made her day!”

“We are so proud of Donell. He is a fine young man with so much potential.” stated STEP UP Coordinator, Wayne Woodbury. The Youth Bureau’s Step Up! program addresses the needs of the city’s most at- risk African American and Hispanic male youth, ages 13 to 19 through mentoring, youth leadership, job readiness training and public speaking skills. The youth involved in this program are placed in after-school employment as an alternative to unsupervised time.

For additional information contact the Mount Vernon Youth Bureau a 914-665-2344.

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