Taylor Richardson

Taylor Denise Richardson, also known as Astronaut StarBright, is 15 years old and attends The Bolles School in Jacksonville, FL. She has aspirations of becoming a scientist, engineer, and an astronaut one day. She is an advocate, activist, speaker, and philanthropist.

She has attended several NASA Space Centers including attending the US Space Rocket and Center, aka Space Camp, in Huntsville, AL when she was 9 years old. She is a member of The Mars Generation as a Student Space Ambassador, Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida, Nelson Mandela Resources Journey into Womanhood, Generation WOW girl ambassador, and the Delores weaver Foundation See the Girls which are the girls' empowerment clubs.

Taylor is not only known as the girl who wants to bring other girls to the STEM table but also for her literacy efforts to ensure all kids have books to read. To date Taylor has read to over 500 kids and collected over 5000 books. Through her book drives entitled "Taylor's Take Flight with a Book" she hopes that every kid in Jacksonville will have books to allow them to take flight towards their own dreams and aspirations.

One of Taylor's biggest moment was in May 2016, meeting her idol Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African American female to go into space, when she introduced her along with Clark Atlanta University President Johnson to the 2016 graduates of Clark Atlanta University as their commencement orator.

Earlier this year Taylor raised over $101,000 through GoFundMe to send young girls to see the movie "A Wrinkle in Time". She has expanded her goal to not only include girls all over the US but also in Ghana! Taylor traveled to Ghana with Havannah (known on Twitter as @TheTinyDiplomat) to hand out school supplies to girls there and to view A Wrinkle In Time. Prior to this trip Taylor was in Ireland for InspireFest, where she talked about her passion for STEAM and encouraging other girls to get involved. While there Taylor met with Lottie Dolls, she was the inspiration for the astronaut suit, now she is the inspiration for a new doll, to be released later this year!

This summer Taylor has been active in her community with book drives and other out reach. She is also attending the Black Girls Rock Inc. Black Girls LEAD 2018 conference in New York City! She is one of 54 girls chosen from 1,000 applicants. She is experiencing dorm life and getting to know new people and coming together to promote more girls getting involved.

Biography


In June 2016, she was invited as a change maker and attended the first ever White House State of Women summit under the Obama administration that focused on health, education, literacy and gender equality for girls and women.

In December 2016, Taylor was invited back to D.C. to The White House to attend a special private screening of the movie Hidden Figures where she heard from the cast, producer, author and Michelle Obama. This inspired her to raise funds to send a 100 girls to see the movie and give them the book as well.

In February 2017, Taylor raised almost $20,000 and sponsored screenings for over a 1000 girls and boys in Florida, Virginia, Maryland, Georgia and South Carolina. The campaign was such a huge success it inspired national campaigns for screenings in 72 cities and 28 that raised over $120,000 making Taylor GoFundMe February 2017 hero of month. With the remaining proceeds Taylor used the funds to create her first scholarship attendance to Space Camp where she awarded that to Kaitlyn Ludlam in the summer of 2017.

In April 2017, Taylor was invited and spoke in front of over 100,000 people at the March for Science in D.C., where she let the audience know that she isn’t just a girl who rocks STEM but a Black Girl who Rocks STEM and you better get used to her. Her speech is now listed in the Stories of Science database of inspired speeches and featured in Women You Should Know.

Taylor is also a role model for the real kids inspired campaign for Lottie Dolls for Astro Adventures Suit that is inspiring girls to dream STEM big all over the world. She has featured on the cover of Girls in Aviation Day September 2017 issue by Women in Aviation that reached over 9700 girls throughout the U.S. and abroad and in October 2017 she graced the cover of Scholastic Science World reaching every organization or school that subscribes to it.

Some of Taylor’s awards/accolades/features are: 2017-2018 A/B honor roll, 2018 and 2017 The Bolles School Presidential Medal, 2018-2019 GenerationWoW ambassador, 2018 feature in WOWSDOM The Girls Guide to the Positive and the Possibility book, 2018 The Root Young Futurist, 2018 Martin Luther King Jr King Centennials Speak Speaker, LEADing Ladies904 #1of52 #52GameChangers in Duval County, 2018 Panelist for American Family Insurance and OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) Media: Young, Gifted and Dreaming Fearlessly, 2018 DoSomething.org Grab the Mic MC for February, 2018 EtreGirls #BeBrave feature.

2018 Helping Hands Award Honoree from Pi Eta Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., 2018 Community Pearl awardee from Zeta Alpha Beta Zeta Phi Beta Sorority Inc., 2018 BEST teen of the year, Teen Vogue 21 under 21 class of 2017, Glamour 17 Girls Who Really Changed the World In 2017, 2017 Generation W and WOW panelist, 2017 Hulu Real Girls Powerpuff Girls campaign, 2017 Hers OWNly panelist, 2017 Black Girls LEAD mentee, 2016 1st ever United State of Women Summit Game Changer, 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Tomorrow’s Leaders Middle School recipient, 2016 Point of Light honoree for volunteerism, 2016 Volunteer Florida Champion of Service award from Governor Scott for literacy efforts and book drives, 2016 Hands On Jax Youth in Action awardee for community service for literacy and book drives, and a City of Jacksonville resolution in 2016 to name a few.

Taylor has spoke or been featured in local and national publications and TV like Good Morning America, GoFundMe podcast, Essential Network Culture Podcast, Essence, Vibe, The Chat, News 4 Jax, The Florida Times Union, Upworthy, Mashable, Introductions Necessary, The Mars Generation, Glamour, Teen Vogue, Women’s Health, Vanguard STEM, Stories in Science, Huffington Post, NBC Black, Time/Motto, People, Forbes, Because of Them We Can, Women You Should Know Girls 6-16 who Rocked STEM in 2016, 2017 March for Science speaker and Twitter Top 200 Women of a Color in STEM 2016, 2017 and 2018 to name a few.

In the June of 2018, Taylor attended her first international speaking event as panelist at InspireFest 2018, an unique international festival of technology, science, design and the arts. The main two-day conference takes place in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre in Dublin’s Silicon Docks. Taylor spent time with Lottie Doll while in Ireland, touring their facility, and meeting Ian Harkin the CEO of Lottie Dolls. Last year Taylor was the inspiration for the astronaut suit, now she is inspiring a new doll!

Lastly, Taylor just returned home from her trip to Ghana which she was raising funds via GoFundMe for the movie screening of A Wrinkle In Time! Which to date has raised over $101,000 of the $110,000 goal. She spent time with girls there learning about their culture and handing out school supplies, as well as copies of A Wrinkle In Time. Taylor also visited many places while there including an old slave prison. She learned a lot while there and is grateful to everyone who helped make this trip a reality.

This summer Taylor has been active in her community with book drives and other out reach. She is also attending the Black Girls Rock Inc. Black Girls LEAD 2018 conference in New York City! She is one of 54 girls chosen from 1,000 applicants. She is experiencing dorm life and getting to know new people and coming together to promote more girls getting involved.

Awards and Recognition


2016 Game changer for first ever White House State of Women Summit
2016 Invited to the White House to view Hidden Figures with President Obama and the First Lady.
2016 Raised money to send girls to see Hidden Figures
2016 The Mars Generation Student Space Ambassador
2016 Hands On Jax Youth in Action awardee for community service for literacy and book drives City of Jacksonville resolution
2016 Volunteer Florida Champion of Service award from Governor Scott for literacy efforts and book drives
2016 Point of Light honoree for volunteerism
2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Tomorrow’s Leaders Middle School recipient
2017 GoFundMe Hero of month February for raising funds over $20,0000 for Hidden Figures movie screenings
2017 Speaker at March for Science in Washington, DC
2017 Inspired by Real Kids campaign Lottie Dolls Astro Adventures space suit
2017 On the cover of Girls in Aviation magazine
2017 On the cover of Scholastic Science World News magazine
2017 Generation W and WOW panelist, and will be on the panel again in 2019
2017 Black Girls LEAD participant
2017 Named to the Teen Vogue’s list of 21 under 21
2017 The Bolles School Presidential Medal recipient
2017 Glamour 17 Girls Who Really changed the World
2017 Hulu Powerpuff Girls Campaign participant
2017 Hers OWNly panelist
2018 The Bolles School Presidential Medal recipient
2018 Generation WoW Ambassador
2018 Featured in WOWSDOM The Girls Guide to the Positive and the Possibility Book
2018 The Root Young Futurist
2018 Martin Luther King Jr King Centennials Speak speaker
2018 LEADing Ladies904 #1 of 52 #52GameChangers in Duval County
2018 Panelist for American Family Insurance and OWN (Oprah Winfrey Network) Media: Young, Gifted, and Dreaming Fearlessly
2018 DoSomething.org Grab the Mic MC for February
2018 EtreGirls #BeBrave feature
2018 Helping Hands Award Honoree from Pi Eta Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
2018 Community Pearl awardee from Zeta Alpha Beta Zeta Phi Beta Sorority
2018 BEST teen of the year
2018 Speaker at InspireFest 2018 in Dublin, Ireland
2018 Travelled to Ghana to view A Wrinkle In Time with girls at a local school and hand out school supplies
2018 Attend the Black Girls Rock Inc. Black Girls LEAD 2018 conference in NYC
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