Started By The Youth - Operated By The Youth - Company Message

Milan Taylor President/Founder
Milan Taylor President/Founder
Raised in the Rockaways, Taylor attended local public schools along the Peninsula prior to his enrollment at CCSU (Central Connecticut State University) in New Britain, Connecticut where Taylor ran track and field at the Division 1 level. While at CCSU, he was the President of the Black Student Union and a member of the Student Government Association. Taylor ultimately decided to transfer to John Jay College of Criminal Justice to be closer to his hometown and use his leadership skills to improve his community. Upon his return, Taylor became active in the local community; specifically in local politics. He began his journey by obtaining an internship with City Council member James Sanders Jr. From this opportunity, he was appointed to Queens Community Board 14, becoming the youngest active member of the board. As a result of his newly appointed position, he became acquainted with several community leaders with the intent of growing his knowledge of the issues surrounding the Rockaway community. Taylor began to analyze the needs and concerns of the residents. His participation grew as he attended various community meetings discovering the lack of youth participation in the community. In fact, there were few politicians who were truly focused on youth-related problems in the Rockaways. As a young person with concern over his generation, Taylor decided to take action. Looking around, he realized there were few places where young people in the Rockaways could grow and learn to be great leaders. Therefore the vision of RYTF came to fruition - an advocacy organization created and ran by the youth of the Rockaways to properly address youth issues in the community.
Silaka Cox Vice President
Silaka Cox Vice President
Silaka was born in Brooklyn and moved to Far Rockaway 10 years ago. She is currently a freshmen at NYU (New York University). She was recruited into the Rockaway Youth Task Force by RYTF member Shanice Harris, in November 2011. Silaka was interested in joining because she wanted to make a difference in the community among the youth. Her goal as a member of RYTF is to promote positive change within the community among adults and teens. Through her involvement with the Rockaway Youth Task Force, she has acquired an internship working for Ready Rockaway, a local emergency preparedness organization. She has also had the opportunity to meet many local elected officials, and to learn more about her community by attending local civic meetings.
Soye  Oloruntoba Treasurer
Soye Oloruntoba Treasurer
Abisoye (Soye) was born in Lagos, Nigeria but move to the Rockaways with his parents and siblings 15 years ago. He attended JHS180 (now Scholar Academy) and Far Rockaway High School. After high school, he studied Computer Science at NYU Polytechnic Institute and graduated in 2003. He has since been working as a software developer for a major financial institution in the Equities Trading division. He strongly believes that organizations like RYTF were the best way to see the change he would like to see in the Rockaways. He is currently serving as treasurer for the organization helping with managing finances and raising funds.
Rashida Wisdom Communications Director
Rashida Wisdom Communications Director
Rashida was born and raised in Far Rockaway. She currently attends St John’s University and will be receiving her Bachelors of Science in Childhood Education in May of 2014. She plans to later attend Graduate School to receive her masters in either Secondary Education or Special Education. Rashida learned about RYTF through Facebook and found that their commitment to youth involvement in the community was something that she wanted to actively be a part of. After volunteering at one of the organizations Hurricane Sandy relief efforts, Rashida was positive that RYTF was an organization that would enable the youth of the rockaways to flourish.
Jazmine Outlaw Secretary
Jazmine Outlaw Secretary
Jazmine was born and raised in Kinston, North Carolina. She moved to the Rockaways in October of 2013. She recently graduated from Academy of Medical Technology and plans on attending college in the spring to major in health science. She has a passion for theatre arts and enjoys performing. She decided to join the organization because although she isn't a Rockaway native she sees the potential of the young people in the community and knows that with a lot of hard work this organization can make a difference.
Thomas Graham Chair of Civic Engagement
Thomas Graham Chair of Civic Engagement
Thomas was born in far rockaway but moved with his parents to Southside Jamaica Queens when he was two years old. At 14 he returned to live with his Grandmother who is a resident of far rockaway since 1977. He attended Thomas A. Edison vocational and technical high school earning a Microsoft Office Specialist certification. He also has attained a Associates Degree in Business administration. In his spare time Thomas coaches a youth football team in Brooklyn, Ny and donates time to a young adult group at his old church in Jamaica Queens. While completing an internship for councilman James Sanders he was recruited to join the Task Force by Milan Taylor and Silaka Cox. He became interested because of their mission to serve the youth in the community which has frequently been ignored during the 9 years he lived in rockaway. He has recently been promoted to Chair of the Civic Engagement committee within the organization.
Nicole Husbands Chair of Events Committee
Nicole Husbands Chair of Events Committee
Nicole Husbands was born in Harlem, and moved to Far Rockaway 9 years ago. After attending high school in Brooklyn with various internships including the Mayor’s office, she attended the University at Albany where she also served as a student senator and graduated with a bachelor’s in Psychology. Nicole feels giving to those in need is essential to living together in peace and harmony and can offer a priceless experience. There are many reasons to join a service organization but one reason Nicole felt to join the Rockaway Youth Task Force is for doing good in our own Rockaway community and bringing a change especially for the youth in our neighborhood who feel they have no voice in our society.
Khaleel Anderson Co-Chair of Civic Engagement
Khaleel Anderson Co-Chair of Civic Engagement
Khaleel was born in Brooklyn and moved to Far Rockaway 6 years ago. He is currently a junior at Channel View School for Research. He has been actively involved in political engagement and campaigning since elementary school. Aside from RYTF, Khaleel is currently a member of mouse corps, a technology DESIGN organization and works as a technology repairs specialist. Anderson is also an intern at TIME Inc. Anderson says he volunteers because he feels he may inspire someone else to do the same.
Courtney Carr Co-Chair of Events Committee
Courtney Carr Co-Chair of Events Committee
Courtney Carr was born and raised in Far Rockaway. She is currently a senior at Channel View School for Research. She was recruited into the organization through RYTF member Khaleel Anderson. She decided to join the organization when she witnessed the profound work that was being done during Hurricane Sandy. When she's not volunteering with the organization, she usually has her head in the books or playing lacrosse. The organization gave her an opportunity to see what it's like to plan multiple successful events in the Rockaways and gain social skills. She was also capable of taking part in the Youth Market, a truly beneficial addition to the Rockaways, which gives residents healthier options that wouldn't otherwise be available.
Calvary Oyeleye
Calvary Oyeleye
Calvary was born in Nigeria and moved to the United State at a young age. She is currently a student at Beach Channel Educational Campus, and plans on going to college to either major in theater or sociology. She decided to join because she felt that the youth in the community were finally doing something positive and she wanted to be a part of that. Her goal as a member of the Rockaway Youth Task Force is to help enforce peace in the Rockaway community, especially amongst in the youth. While in the Rockaway Youth Task Force Calvary has met elected officials, as well as helped organize events throughout the Rockaways.
Tashaun Hester
Tashaun Hester
Tashaun is a student at CUNY/ New York City College of Technology and majors in Graphic Arts and Advertisement. His lack of community involvement encouraged him to join the Rockaway Youth Task Force. Tashaun’s involvement with RYTF helped him to fulfill his need to make a change in his community. Hester has taken his free time to do something to become informed about our community.