The Future Is In Good Hands


If you find yourself wondering or worrying about the future, I want you to consider these three special young women:

In December, seventh grader Taylor Richardson, aka Astronaut Star Bright, was among the students invited to the “Hidden Figures” screening with First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House. Shortly after returning home, she launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for 100 area girls to see the movie and receive a copy of the book. Taylor set a modest goal of $2,600 and has raised over $14,000 in a little over three weeks. As a result, a second screening has been added and further screenings for area girls are anticipated.

“I’m truly amazed by the giving spirit of others to a kid like me.”    –Taylor Richardson

Last week, Florida State University sophomore Rona Akbari was a guest on NPR’s “1A” and shared her thoughts on President Obama, his farewell address and his legacy. She was only 12-years-old when President Obama took office and gave a compelling interview as to the impact he and the First Family have had on her generation.

“I find that I have grown a lot…as an ally, as an advocate, as an activist.” –Rona Akbari

And just last Friday, during Jacksonville’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Breakfast, Jessica Swint, a senior from Terry Parker High School, took the podium and spoke in front of hundreds of business and community leaders. Her speech—which was brilliant—was the result of her choosing to step out of her comfort zone. 

“When you make up in your mind that no matter what others may say or do, in spite of adversity, that’s when you become unstoppable.” –Jessica Swint

We remain so delighted with each of these young women as they have all participated in Generation WOW. The experience of mentorship is powerful, of feeling supported vital, how fitting is it that January just so happens to be National Mentoring Month! 

The confluence of celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. during the very month where we celebrate mentoring is fitting.  Dr. King has always elevated the spirit of service through volunteerism offering,

“Everybody can be great…because anybody can serve.”

The price of greatness is the wise spending of our time. As we can see, the returns are worthy. Come spend some some time on the morning of February 4th, where greatness will be realized at Generation WORKSWe expect many of our WOW girls to join us as well, as their mentored lessons will be taken into action. 

See you then and of course, at GENERATION W on MARCH 31, tickets are available now!   


by Donna Orender