Tao-Yee Lau, LMSW
As a Relationship Abuse Prevention Program (RAPP) Coordinator, Tao-Yee’s role is to deliver education on intimate partner violence (IPV) and healthy relationships, provide impacted young people with counseling and direct assistance, and promote peer leadership development. She is based at Edward R. Murrow High School in Brooklyn.
Tao-Yee received a BA Honors in History at the University of British Columbia, and her Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker in NY State. Prior to joining Day One, Tao-Yee was a social worker from 2013-2016 in Children’s Aid Society’s Youth Empowerment Programs, based at ROADS High School Bronx and East Bronx Academy for the Future. Tao-Yee has also interned at Settlement Housing Fund’s D.R.E.A.M.S. YouthBuild Program, Children’s Rights, and the Mental Health Association of NYC’s Family Resource Center. Tao-Yee has particular experience with justice-involved youth, over-age and under-credited students, and youth with mental health histories and child welfare involvement.
Prior to social work in New York City, Tao-Yee held various positions in her home country Canada, including as a street homelessness outreach worker, a life-skills workshop facilitator, a refugee family shelter worker, a community advocate, and a campus anti-racist organizer. She has received University of British Columbia’s Action to End Racism Award.
Tao-Yee is excited to join the diverse school community of Edward R. Murrow High School, and to work alongside the talented RAPP and Day One staff team, in order to partner with youth to prevent relationship abuse.