Watch Me Rise was founded by Pam and Trent Taylor in 2013. This mother and son team have experienced a healing journey together, and have worked collaboratively to help others who have experienced trauma in the form of abuse or neglect. In addition to Watch Me Rise, the entire Taylor family (Mac, Pam, Trent, and Michael) are the founders of Mercy for America's Children, a non-profit organization in Wake Forest, North Carolina which works to empower families who are fostering or adopting through the foster care system with the needed skills to ensure success. Pam and Trent often speak to large audiences about their experiences, and have written three books and various resources on trauma, fostering, and adoption topics.
Trent Taylor Founder / Public Speaker / Assistant Consultant
Trent experienced sexual abuse, neglect, and domestic violence during the first half of his childhood. He traveled a horrific journey through the foster care system until he was adopted at the age of 9. After healing from his traumatic past, Trent, who is now 19, has devoted his life to helping others overcome past trauma by providing hope. Trent willingly shares his inspiring story of triumph in order to provide hope and healing for others. This heroic young man has answered an early call to use his past experiences to positively impact others.
Trent has mentored hundreds of children who have experienced trauma through the Mercy for America’s Children Kids Division he founded in 2013. Trent served on the Board of Directors for Mercy for America’s Children for four years. This you man has been featured on WRAL and has appeared in over twenty newspaper and magazine articles, including one international publication. Trent is an accomplished public speaker and has shared his story openly many times to crowds of up to 2000. He has been recognized for his efforts through nominations for the World of Children’s Annual Award, Kohls Kids Awards, and the Casey Foundation award. He received the 2016 Hero Award, was named the 2017 “Good Neighbor” for the Town of Wake Forest. Trent was named the Outstanding Youth Leader for a nationally recognized organization of foster youth. Most recently, Trent was selected as the White Oak Foundation Scholar and was named a member of Marquis Who’s Who in the World.
Pam Taylor/Co-Founder/TBRI® Practitioner
Pam is the adoptive mother of two boys, Trent and Michael, who have changed her life in unimaginable ways. After a very complicated adoption process through the state foster system, Pam resigned from her 17 year career as a special education teacher to pursue her passion of forming a non-profit organization that promotes and supports adoption of children in the foster care system. In 2012, Pam and her husband Mac , founded Mercy for America's Children. Pam serves as Executive Director for this thriving organization. She has an extensive background in child development and Behavior Analysis that has proven valuable when supporting families who are in the process of fostering or adopting children who have experienced trauma. Pam has specialized training as a TBRI® (Trust-Based Relational Intervention) practioner, and received her training at the Karyn Purvis Institute of Childhood Development. Pam uses her TBRI® experience to train and support foster and adoptive parents in the areas of attachment, trauma, sexual abuse and other related topics. Pam has been recognized for her accomplishments, and was named "Woman of the Year" by the National Association of Professional Women in 2014. In addition, she has been recognized by Who's Who Among American Business Women and was named "Woman of Influence" by the International Women's Leadership Association . Most recently Pam was awarded the 2017 Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award. Pam has a true heart for children and families and has dedicated her life to promoting positive change in the community.
Pam and Trent Taylor
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