Michelle L. Taylor-Frazier

Michelle Taylor-Frazier

Title: Founder

Company: Multicultural Education Programs, Inc.

Location: Des Moines, Iowa, United States

Michelle L. Taylor-Frazier, Founder of Multicultural Education Programs-MEP, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in educational services.

Growing up in a military family, Ms. Taylor-Frazier had the opportunity to live an international life. Her parents instilled in her that to whom much is given, much will be required (Luke 12:48), which is what led her to spearhead a career in social work and educational services. To prepare for her profession, Ms. Taylor-Frazier received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology from Drake University.  Then in 2015, she began working towards her Master of Arts in organizational leadership and international education and graduated from Northcentral University in 2018. She has had phenomenal support for the past 34 years by the love of her life, her husband Steven. Together they have raised two amazing sons Broderick and Benjamin. This is her most important achievement.

She has excelled as the founder of Multicultural Education Programs, Inc., and between the operation of the after-school program and touring nationally with her dedicated family and friends. For 21 years, the MEP Team has offered hands-on learning to over 55,000 students in grades K-12 in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math-STEM.

Finding great success throughout the course of her career, Ms. Taylor-Frazier has received several awards. Most recently in 2019, she was the recipient of the Capital City Stepper Community Service Award. In 2015, she received the Diversity Champion Award from the Des Moines University for her organization service in the community. She also was awarded a day named after the Multicultural Educational Programs by the Governor of the state of Iowa in 2015. She has also won the NAACP Youth service award.

In 2008, she was granted the Hurricane Katrina American Red Cross Service Award for her contributions in social work following the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Citing this experience as the most challenging yet rewarding experience in her career, she and her friend after receiving a vision from God on the same night, she with the name the Human Touch and he with a large helping hand coming down from heaven, started a grassroots program called the Human Touch as volunteers. Next, they received assistance from the United Way, the Black Ministers Alliance and the city of Des Moines to continue. After year one, they received a $400,000 grant from the Methodist Church on Recovery. The expanded team helped survivors resettle across the state of Iowa or rebuild their homes and return to Louisiana. The phenomenal nationally awarding-winning Human Touch team was operated until December of 2008, when the last survivor received their recovery check.  In total, the Human Touch helped survivors recover almost 1 million dollars in pass-through money.

Then several years later, after Iowa incurred the most devastating statewide flood to date, she was asked by the local American Red Cross to design and operate a flood recovery program for Polk County and the five surrounding counties in central Iowa. The team worked together to help survivors repair and recover over $300,000 in a three-month span.  Again, with a new name the Central Iowa Recovery Network- CIRN team was awarded the American Red Cross award for service to the community.

She currently is a member of the National Honor Society for Leadership and Success and Iowa Concerned Citizens for Improvement. She has served as the Treasurer of the Iowa Nebraska NAACP and enjoys her women’s book club.

Attributing her success to believing the promise of God’s word, she is currently working to attain a Doctor of Education in the coming years and continue working with Multicultural Educational Programs. She also consults with organizations serving underrepresented children across the United States and in Liberia International where her church helps with a school they started.

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