About Marion Taylor

Marion Taylor provides professional expertise in the research and design of customized gap experiences for students of any age.

Marion Taylor
Marion Taylor, Owner and Founder of Taylor The Gap, in the Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa in 1979
and visiting her village again in 2012.
Volunteering with women's co-ops in Rwanda in 2015
Born and raised in Colorado, Marion Taylor is married and the mother of four children ranging in ages from 21-30. Her parenting background combined with her 35 years of experience working in the field of Social Work with non-profit organizations and foundations focused on families, women, and children, distinguishes her as one of the more qualified accredited gap year counselors in the industry. Marion collaborates with students of any age, orientation, and economic background, and believes in the importance of student engagement and direction when exploring gap options. She offers financial assistance to diverse students of all means. She serves as the keynote speaker at gap fairs across the country, and at high school and colleges in Colorado. In addition to her social work and parenting background, Marion deliberately gets out into the field to vet and personally experience gap programs. She does not accept remuneration from any gap year program so as to avoid conflict of interest and impropriety. Marion flanked her own college years with a gap year at the University of Grenoble, France, after high school, followed by three years in a rural development program with Peace Corps in Senegal, West Africa, after college. In 2015, Marion taught English to women in Tanzania and volunteered with women’s co-ops in Rwanda. In addition, she has immersed herself in two different Spanish language programs in Antigua, Guatemala, and Cuenca, Ecuador. In the fall of 2018, Marion visited the earthquake ravaged village of Batase in Nepal and participated in an adult gap program in the Sacred Valley of Peru in Spring 2019. She serves as Outreach Ambassador for a women’s empowerment curriculum called Street Business School in Uganda and the greater African continent. All four of her children have participated in gap experiences with her eldest son having worked in Utah and Colorado and having successfully completed a rigorous semester wilderness course in the Himalayas, India. Her eldest daughter finished college a semester early and volunteered as a preschool assistant in an emergency foster care center in a township outside Capetown, South Africa. Her youngest daughter interned post-grad for both a public defender’s office in Washington DC and a human rights lawyer in Cape Town, and wrapped up her gap year by participating in an intensive Spanish immersion program in Cusco, Peru before entering law school. The youngest child spent a semester abroad studying in Greece and will be working as a Coro Fellow post-grad in San Francisco.

Experience:

Gap Year Advisor, Owner and Founder: Taylor The Gap LLC 2011-19
Program Director: There With Care 2008-10
Customer Relations: Momentum Fair Trade 2007-08
Program Officer: Colorado Trust Foundation 1987-93
Program Coordinator: Battered Women’s Shelter 1984-87
Colorado Alumnae Director: Peace Corps 1982-83
Volunteer and Regional Leader: Peace Corps
Senegal, West Africa 1979-82

Education:

Masters in Social Work, University of Denver, 1988
Non-Profit Management Program, Regis University, 1983
Bachelors of Arts, Middlebury College, 1979, Cum Laude
German Language School, Middlebury College, 1977
American Institute of Foreign Study, University of Grenoble, France, 1974-75
Leadership Denver, Denver Chamber of Commerce, 1990
The Fundraising School Grantsmanship Center, San Francisco, CA 1987

Civic Involvement:


Gap Year Association Board of Directors 2019-present
Outreach Ambassador for Women’s Street Business School-Beadforlife 2015-present
The Women’s Global Empowerment Fund Board 2010-12
Colorado African Organization Volunteer 2010-12
The Friends School Board 2002-08
Boulder County AIDS Project Board 1995-01
The Community Foundation of Boulder County Board 1995-98
Disbursement Committee for Mayor’s Office on HIV Resources 1994
The Women’s Foundation of Colorado 1994
Volunteers for Outdoor Colorado Board 1986-87

Honors:

Gap Year Advisor Accreditation awarded by the Gap Year Association 2018
Richard Petterson Award “Most Valuable Board Member”: Boulder County AIDS Project 2000
Distinguished Service Award: Colorado Domestic Violence Coalition 1987
Honorable Mention For Fundraising: Avon Walk for Breast Cancer 2006
Denver Marathon 1984 and 1986

Travel:

West, East, and South Africa, Mexico, Guatemala, Peru, Ecuador, Argentina, Canada, Nepal, and Western Europe

Languages:

Fluency in French and Diola; working knowledge of Spanish and German