Send 1000 Girls to Wrinkle In Time
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Photo by Rose Marie Mitchell for Teen Vogue class of 2017 21 under 21
Most of you may remember that at just 9 years old I raised funds via GoFundMe to attend my first Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama and that one day I will be an astronaut, scientist and an engineer. Since then outlets like GoFundMe not only help my STEM dreams come true but others as well. Just this year through GoFundMe I raised over $20,000 to send over a 1000 girls to see the movie Hidden Figures because it was important to me that girls know that with drive, determination, and hard work you be anything, a scientist, a mathematician, an engineer, an astronaut or maybe the President of the United States even when the odds are against you!
I am 14 now and using my voice to not only bring girls of color to STEM/STEAM but all kids all over the U.S. and abroad.
I’m so excited about the upcoming movie A Wrinkle in Time , which is scheduled to come out spring 2018.
My goal is to send a 1000 girls to see this movie. ( https://youtu.be/UhZ56rcWwRQ)
Why? I have a lot of reasons but the main ones are:
1. It shows young, black girls deserving a chance to be a part of the scifi cultural canon.
2. It has a female protagonist in a science fiction film. A brown girl front and center who looks like me in the role of Meg, a girl traveling to different planets and encountering beings and situations that I’d never seen a girl of color in.
3. Most impressive and importantly, it’s a fantasy film that is not about some white boys fighting evil, but about a black girl overcoming it.
Like Meg’s dad in the movie he wants to touch the stars I want girls especially those of color to see this movie and know that not only can touch the stars they already are ones! Maxine Waters says she’s “reclaiming her time,” well we girls are becoming the “Warriors” and we are “reclaiming our STEM!” With your donation it will help me help girls dream bigger and become more Megs in this world!
So to send a 1000 girls to see this movie is going to cost! My goal is to raise $15,000 send girls to see this movie along with giving each a copy of the book.
Supporting this project means you support not only diversity but gender equality in STEM and our films. KIDS NEED REPRESENTATION so that they can take pride in who they are and know that they are more than capable of being anything they put their minds to. Help us be warriors we Know we can be in STEM!
Any additional funds raised?
Just this summer of 2017, I gave one girl Kaitlyn Ludlam now known as AstroBot Kaitlyn the chance of a lifetime to attend Space Camp, by offering my first Astronaut StarBright Space Camp scholarship. Since then I’ve had so many people write me to ask how I can help them get to Space Camp, do I have a website, how can I contribute to my cause!
And whether it be through my Taylor’s Take Flight with a Book club to inspire kids to take flight to their dreams and aspirations by having home libraries, which to date has collected and donated over 5000 books to kids in Jacksonville, Florida, attending the first ever United State of Woman summit in 2016, speaking at the first ever 2017 March for Science in Washington D.C., letting over 100,000 people know that I’m just not a girl in STEM but a Black Girl Who Rocks STEM, I am definitely showing people that you better get used to me and other girls in STEM because we aren’t going anywhere!
I am humbly grateful to have graced the covers of Scholastic Science World (Oct 2017), Women in Aviation 2017 Girls for Aviation and Kid News Maker magazine reaching over 1000s of youth across the world. And if that wasn’t enough I team up with the Ireland based STEAM doll company Lottie Dolls to inspire Astro Adventures a Space suit for its dolls.
I’ve been so blessed to have this platform and it has allowed me to break some barriers and let girls know that not only can they dream STEM/STEAM big they can be leaders at those tables as well.
So what’s next. Well I want to continue my mission to bring diversity and gender equality to the STEM field, by running various projects and initiatives to make this happen. All funds raised will go towards projects, events, and scholarships to meet those ends.
Taylor aka Astronaut StarBright
Teen Vogue 21 under 21 list
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Here’s to Hoping that we can reach 20K mark to inspire engage and empower even more kids!
All the extra funds will help in more STEM advocacy efforts like books, stem inspired movies and more!
So please keep it going and just maybe we will hit our 20K!
Now time to plan this screening! And surprise some lucky girls!!
This campaign means a lot to me because it shows a female protagonist in a science fiction film. A brown girl front and center who looks like me in the role of Meg, a girl traveling to different planets and encountering beings and situations that I’d never seen a girl of color in.
This time last year I was raising funds to send a 100 girls to see Hidden Figures because girls needed to see what they we can be! Which is anything we set our heart and minds too! It was the campaign that could and by caring people like you it did! I’m so happy that this campaign the campaign that could has also become the campaign that did!
Next month we girls will walk into theaters a 1000 strong! And I couldn’t have did it without your support! And because of that support girls will see our shero Meg Murry save the universe.
Girls will know that the possibility of going into space, exploring other planets, being rocket scientists, engineers, mathematicians and astronauts for them is not that it is limited but limitless!
And don’t let the momentum fade, continue to donate or better yet start your own fundraiser and bring girls to the movie in your communities!
Will you accept the challenge! Hope so!!
#representation matters #thecampaignthatcouldDID
The proceeds being raised will go to paying for the private screening tickets for children and chaperones, as well as refreshments and book (if enough is raised). The release of the film is March 9th, 2018, and with the funds raised so far I’m working on the screening dates with a local theater in Jacksonville now.
Cost breakdown will be:
-$13.00 per child ticket
-$10.00 refreshments per child
- $15.00 per chaperone ticket
- $15.00 refreshments per chaperone
- $8.99 for the book for first 100 girls (if enough is raised)
*The remaining balance of donations after the movie Experience is paid for will go towards STEM advocacy and outreach*
So continue to keep sharing!
I hope that by bringing girls to see the upcoming movie A Wrinkle in Time they will see themselves in the character Meg Murry and become the warrior they can be!
So please continue to share and donate!!!