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Taylor Richardson

Advocate, Activist, Speaker and Philanthropist
Taylor Richardson aka Astronaut StarBright is a 15 year old who attends The Bolles School in Jacksonville, Florida. She has aspirations of becoming a scientist, engineer and an astronaut one day.

She has attended several NASA Space Centers including attending the U.S. Space Rocket And Center aka Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama, at the age of nine where she was the only African American in her group. She is currently a member of The Boys and Girls Club of Northeast Florida and a girls empowerment GenerationWOW ambassador.

Taylor is also passionate about literacy, to date she has read to over 500 kids in Jacksonville, Florida, and collected and donated over 10000 books to organizations and schools throughout the U.S., Australia and Ghana. Through her book drives entitled Taylor’s Take Flight with a Book she hopes that every kid in Jacksonville, Florida, will have books to allow them to take flight towards their own dreams and aspirations. She has awarded an annual summer space camp scholarship to young girl the last two years.
She is most known through her crowdfunding efforts where she’s lead two very successful campaigns for films Hidden Figures and A Wrinkle in Time, raising over $150,000 between them and hosting screenings in and outside of the U.S.

She has been featured on the covers of Girls in Aviation, Scholastic Science World and Super Science reaching every organization or school that subscribes to it.
She is a Teen Vogue 2017 21 under 21, Glamour’s 17 girls who changed the world, GoFundMe Hero of the Month, The Root 2018 25 Futurists, American Family Insurance 2018 Young, Gifted and Dreaming Fearlessly campaign, a 2017 and 2018 mentee with Black Girls Lead by Black Girls Rock. And she an officer of TheSteamSquad.org.

Some of Taylor’s awards/accolades/features are:2018 InspireFest speaker, 2018 The Root Young Futurists, 2018 Clean and Clear campaign Be Loud Be Clear Be YOU, 2017 and 2018 Black Girls Rock LEAD mentee, 2018 Generation WOW ambassador, 2017 March for Science speaker, 2017 and 2018 Generation W and WOW panelist, 2017 TedxFSCJ panelist, 2017 cover of Girls in Aviation, 2016 Martin Luther King Jr. Tomorrow’s Leaders Middle School recipient, Point of Light honoree for volunteerism, 2016 Volunteer Florida Champion of Service award from Governor Scott for literacy efforts and book drives, Hands On Jax Youth in Action awardee for community service for literacy and book drives, and a City of Jacksonville resolution.

Taylor has been featured in local and national publications and TV like Good Morning America, News 4 Jax, Times Union, Upworthy, Mashable, Introductions Necessary, The Mars Generation, Vanguard STEM, Stories in Science, Huffington Post, Glamour, Essence, Because of Them We Can, NBC Black, Time/Motto, People, Blavity, The Root, Forbes, Women You Should Know Girls, and Twitter 2017 and 2018 Top 200 Women of a Color in STEM to name a few.