Taya Jackson comes to Young Audiences Arts for Learning with years of project development and research support experience. While studying at Kutztown University for her Bachelor's degree in Anthropology, she worked as a Research Assistant for three years, where she assisted in department research, conducting interviews, and analyzing data.
After graduating, she served as the Education Coordinator for AmeriCorps in Pittsburgh for the immigrant and refugee initiative, All for All, building capacity for ESL educators and students in after school programs. Taya then joined ARYSE (Alliance for Refugee Youth Support and Education), as the Girls Art and Maker Group Coordinator, where she highlighted SEL pedagogy to support young girls and non-binary students. She additionally has served with Forward Allies, a nonprofit focused on reproductive mental health, as the Project Coordinator, supporting programming, fundraising, and communications.
Taya thoroughly enjoys spending time in nature, learning about herbal medicine, immersing herself in art, and flowing on her yoga mat.