Dynasty is a service-focused Social Worker and Program Director with a strong commitment to serving the needs of disadvantaged youth and adults, including homeless, emancipated youth, and special needs populations. Dynasty was born and raised in South Los Angeles in a notorious neighborhood called “The Jungles,” which was mentioned in the crime backdrop film “Training Day.”
She was conceived by two teenage parents and raised by her grandparents, who were all affected by prevalent social issues including domestic violence, gang activity, substance abuse, gun violence, and the criminal justice system. Dynasty later graduated from Dorsey Miller High School, Cal State Northridge with a Bachelors in Sociology, and the University of Southern California with a Masters in Social Work.
In 2014, Dynasty Taylor became the founder of a community-based non-profit organization in Los Angeles called Dynasty’s United Youth Association (DUYA). The organization partnered with the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) to provide free tutoring, homework assistance, college and career advisement, peer mentoring, environment projects, and summer camps successfully around five library locations throughout Los Angeles for grades K-12th.
Over the past six years, DUYA has proudly served 500 students or more, recruited over 50 volunteers, and has established relationships and partnerships in communities that are vested in their students and families. DUYA provides local Los Angeles residents access to educational and career programs, job training classes and internships, mental health counseling, and college advisement.
Dynasty is currently employed as a high school counselor at Da Vinci Rise High school providing mental health services and academic counseling while studying for her state board exam to become a Licensed Clinical Social Worker. Additionally, she is on the board of the Empowerment Congress South East Neighborhood Council as a Committee Chair and the Youth Board Representative for District 8 region. She is also the Co-Founder of a company called Mental Health in the Hood that spreads awareness about mental health in urban communities through media, education, and workshops.
In the next three to five years, DUYA plans to be present at ten library locations, three park and recreation centers, juvenile detention centers, and/ or with other community-based organizations.