About this episode

Taylor Toynes is the co-founder and executive director of For Oak Cliff, a community-based nonprofit that seeks to liberate the Oak Cliff community from systemic oppression. Oak Cliff is a community within the city of Dallas that boasts one of the highest crime rates in the area. In fact, the zip code for For Oak Cliff leads the state of Texas with the most people in prison. It has a median household income of just $21,000 a year. As a resident population where 40% of those over the age of 25 don't even have a GED, the same zip code had an entire population of high school students walk out of school due to the poor conditions of the school. And in fact, the middle school that feeds that same high school was shut down due to poor air quality.

The mission of For Oak Cliff is personal to Taylor because Oak Cliff is where he grew up and where he calls home today. But more importantly, it's personal because he believes the residents of Oak Cliff have potential far greater than is being realized. His mission is grand, but his passion is even greater.

In this episode, you'll hear.

  • Taylor’s early days and how being surrounded by entrepreneurs encouraged him to start his own nonprofit.
  • The life lessons Taylor learned from his family on what it means to serve others.
  • The four pillars For Oak Cliff uses to help liberate Oak Cliff from systemic oppression.
  • How Taylor measures success.
  • Changes he has seen in the community in the last five years.
  • Taylor’s greatest challenges.
  • His advice to any entrepreneur who is not seeing success.

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October 06 2020
Taylor Toynes, co-founder of For Oak Cliff

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