Sparta native shares her passion and skills in uprising non-profit organization in Harlem, New York

SPARTA (NJ) - Christie Taylor, a local Sparta native, is taking her passions to the next level. This time, at a much larger scale, in the biggest city on Earth. 

After teaching hip-hop dance for six years, Taylor decided to turn her passion for the arts and community service into one, establishing Center Stage for Change. The organization is located in Harlem, New York, and gives youth in New York City the opportunity to audiate and express their talents in performing arts, all while working to raise funds and awareness to social issues and causes they are passionate about. 

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Taylor’s inspiration sparked from an internship she took at the Boys and Girls Club of Scranton, P.A., where she took notice to the student’s various talents, seeking a need to have their talents celebrated and expressed. The program offers affordable hip-hop dance classes to all individuals between the ages of 5 and 13. 

Taylor also saw a need for a community-based program in the Harlem area, similar to Pass It Along, and wanted individuals to recognize their true potential as leaders. All classes taught by Taylor work to prepare for collaborative show, which aim to raise funds towards a cause chosen by the dance students. This ranges from projects, such as creating a playground in their local neighborhood, to donating funds towards educational purposes or other non-profit organizations within their community. 

“Center Stage for Change not only allows youth to express themselves through dance, but gives them an opportunity to advocate for the change they want to see in their own communities,” says Taylor, “The kids love to dance, and of course this is such a wonderful outlet for all of them.” 

During these courses, Taylor administers goLEAD, a youth-based program that works to develop critical leadership skills that prepare individuals to face and solve issues within their community. Throughout the goLEAD curriculum, participants will become strong leaders who are aware of their own potential, have the capability to communicate and express themselves well, and know a vast variety of leadership styles. 

This Thursday, August 15, 2019, St. Moritz Grill and Bar, located on White Deer Plaza in Lake Mohawk, will be hosting Robert Ambrosino at 8:00pm. The event will be held in the Beer Garden. All proceeds raised during the event will go towards Christie Taylor and Center Stage for Change. All are encouraged to join Taylor for a wonderful evening, filled with great music, 

great people and for a great cause. For more information on the uprising organization, please visit www.centerstageforchange.org. 

About Pass It Along Pass It Along is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit located in Lafayette, New Jersey. Pass It Along's mission is to build confident, resilient, compassionate teenagers through self-discovery, volunteer and leadership opportunities. By participating in the Pass It Along program, teenagers gain a strong sense of self, learn about the positive effects of helping others and are equipped to avoid risky behaviors. For more information and to view all of our programs we have to offer, please visit www.passitalong.org.