An accomplished youth community leader in New York City, Milan Taylor serves as chief executive officer of the Rockaway Youth Task Force, a nonprofit he founded when he was just 21 years old. In recognition of his commitment to creating positive change in his community, Milan Taylor has been named a Queens Person of the Week by NY1 News and a semifinalist for the 2013 Do Something Award.
Do Something consists of 5.4 million young people around the world who have, among a range of other achievements, cleaned up more than 3.5 million cigarette butts, provided clothing for 5 million teenagers living in homeless shelters, and sent nearly 150,000 cards to members of the military. Since 1996, the Do Something Awards have honored individuals age 25 and younger who have made a particularly positive impact in their communities.
The grand prize winner of the Do Something Award receives a $100,000 grant, while the other four finalists receive a $10,000 grant to advance their community projects. The 2013 awards were hosted by actress Sophia Bush and broadcast on VH1. In addition to recognizing young people committed to social change, the awards honor celebrities for outstanding work in activism and charity.