Taylor Richardson, Astronaut StarBright

Taylor Denise Richardson is a 7th grader at The Bolles School who has aspirations of becoming a scientist, engineer and an astronaut one day.  She has attended 4 NASA Space Centers including attending Space Camp. She is a member of the Mars Generation as a Student Space Ambassador, a Girl Scout, Jacksonville Sister Cities Association Nelson Mandela Student Ambassador and a member of Empowerment Resources Journey into Womanhood, and the Delores Weaver Foundation See the Girls which are girls’ empowerment clubs.

Taylor is mainly known for her literacy efforts to ensure all kids have books to read.  To date, Taylor has read to over 250 kids and collected over 3500 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 Taylor’s biggest moments 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.

In June 2016 she attended the first-ever White House State of Women summit that focused on health, education, literacy, and gender equality.

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 100 girls to see the movie and pay it forward in which she raised over $16,000 and took over 200 girls along with giving them the book.

Some of Taylor’s awards/accolades include: 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 City of Jacksonville resolution.    She was Junior Achievement 2016 JA Girl$ speaker,  been featured in local and national papers and TV like the Chat, News for Jax, Morning Show, Rivercity, Times Union, Upworthy, Mashable, Introductions Necessary, The Mars Generation, Women You Should Know Girls 6-16 who Rocked STEM in 2016, and Twitter Top 200 Women of a Color in STEM to name a few.