Send 100 Girls 2 See Hidden Figures

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Raised by 648 people in 2 months
Latonja S Richardson  JACKSONVILLE, FL

I'm raising funds to send a 100 girls to see the movie Hidden Figures in January.  And if possible  would like give each girl the book as well as most people know I'm a big advocate for literacy.  All the proceeds will go towards the ticket purchases and books.   I will accept direct ticket donations from AMC 24Regency  as well and gift cards from a local bookstore to order or purchase the books.  Our date for the screening will be January 21, 2017 at AMC Regency.   

The tickets are $12 each, a kids snack pack (kids drink, popcorn and gummies) is $7.25 each and the book is $16.99 each. No taxes included.  

But let me give you a little background on why I'm doing this. 

On December 15, 2016, I got the opportunity to attend The White House Hidden Figures in Space Exploration and view a special screening of the upcoming movie, Hidden Figures which hits all theaters January 6, 2017.

HIDDEN FIGURES is the incredible untold story of Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—brilliant African-American women working at NASA, who served as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race, and galvanized the world. The visionary trio crossed all gender and race lines to inspire generations to dream big.

After seeing this incredible movie, hearing from the cast, words of wisdom from The First Lady, Michelle Obama, and meeting Katherine Johnson's daughter and grandson, I left D.C. feeling incredibly inspired to pay it forward for some girls in my community to have a special viewing as well. But not just girls of color all girls from all walks of life in my city who may have the courage to dream BIG and not let what they can't see or as my idol Dr. Jemison says, "be limited by others limited imagination", see this movie.

As a girl of color, it's important that girls not only look at the stars but take the steps to reach for them; because many years ago a group of black women marched into a room as programmers and changed the game not only of space exploration but broke gender barriers as well. Now in 2016 we have a deficit in this field. So, How'd that happen? So I think in 2017, we have to work on how to change that. I believe seeing this movie will give us girls the inspiration we need to say I can be can be a mathematician, an engineer or better yet an astronaut! Besides #STEMforALL for right? And we definitely got the #STEMGirlSWAG to do it with your help!

STEM is hard work but we must explain to our girls that there will be times when you may fail but keep trying. We can't allow our girls to feel that STEM is only for boys. We have to do more. I feel that one way to do that is providing ways girls can see other women or girls who look like them in roles of STEM. And Hidden Figures is one way to get that conversation rolling!

Let's show our girls and youth in Duval that they are strong, intelligent and can be whatever they want to be with faith, hard work and support! And hope to see you at the movies!!

Thanks for your support!

Taylor aka Astronaut StarBright (future astronaut and Agent of TEAMS (Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math and Science)

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Update 53
Posted by Latonja Richardson
6 days ago
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Tonight I will be on THE OUTLET RADIO talking about my GoFundMe campaign and hoping to raise a few more funds to send two lucky local youths to Space Camp! DON'T MISS THIS RADIO INTERVIEW!!! Tonight, Thursday, 7-9pm CDT!Only on THEOUTLETRADIO.COM

For more information please check out their link below:

http://www.lionesstelaine.com/the-outlet-radio-live/
Photo Credit: Jensen Hande
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Less than $400 away in making 2 youths dreams come true to go to Space Camp!!!

Thank you!

Taylor aka Astronaut StarBright
Space Camp Team Honeywell 2014
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Posted by Latonja Richardson
13 days ago
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We are less than $500 away of hitting the $20,000 mark! I know we can do it before this month is over!!!

I'm also excited about the opportunity to send two local youths from Jacksonville, FL, to Space Camp with the remaining funds. Check out the link below for more information on Space Camp.

http://www.spacecamp.com

The applicant must be between the ages of 12-16 and write an essay on why he or she should go to Space Camp . The essay must be no more than 500 words.

All essays are due by April 15, 2017 and should be mailed to:
POB 54601 Jacksonville, FL 32245 Attn: Taylor Richardson

No email essays will be accepted.

We will announce the winners mid May 2017.

Good luck!!!!

And, Huge thank you to Chandelis Duster, Associate Producer, for NBCBLK News for the great article this week!! Check it out below.

https://www.google.com/amp/www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/amp/ready-liftoff-7th-grader-wants-go-mars-n729826

Keep dreaming,

Taylor aka Astronaut StarBright




Me at Space Camp in Huntsville AL
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Update 50
Posted by Latonja Richardson
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Honored to be apart of this group of awesome inspiring and fearless leaders at Generation W. Check out this line up. And yes, we are still raising funds to reach $20,000 goal to send two youth to Space Camp. We are so close just $597 away!

http://www.genwnow.com/events/generationw2017/speakers/
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Connie Wong
2 months ago
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Hi Latonja! Would you please clarify? Are you donating any excess funds to other organizations that have the same goal as you? If so, that's WONDERFUL! And THANK YOU!

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Liloo Dallas
2 months ago
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Such a fantastic idea. Let's help her get to $10K!

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Kaki Flynn
2 months ago
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Hey fellow space geek! Kaki Flynn here. I put on workshops and Q&As with NASA astronauts and the other brilliant people that work there. Love seeing you in a photo with my friend & Astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle! And I grew up in Jax. Let's make the next showing one with lots of NASA people, yes? KakiFlynn.us

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Connie Wong
2 months ago
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Thank you for those numbers! Just re-posted!

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Connie Wong
2 months ago
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Hi! How many girls in total have attended? How many more are going to attend? Please let me know so I can repost -- I have 3000 "friends". But people usually respond best to metrics. Thanks! Connie

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$19,608 of $2,600 goal

Raised by 648 people in 2 months
Created December 31, 2016
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Catherine Horne
17 days ago

Latonja-I loved your story and am impressed with your passion. I loved the movie too! Glad I could help a little.

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Connie Wong
2 months ago
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Hi Latonja! Would you please clarify? Are you donating any excess funds to other organizations that have the same goal as you? If so, that's WONDERFUL! And THANK YOU!

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Liloo Dallas
2 months ago
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Such a fantastic idea. Let's help her get to $10K!

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Kaki Flynn
2 months ago
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Hey fellow space geek! Kaki Flynn here. I put on workshops and Q&As with NASA astronauts and the other brilliant people that work there. Love seeing you in a photo with my friend & Astronaut Dr. Yvonne Cagle! And I grew up in Jax. Let's make the next showing one with lots of NASA people, yes? KakiFlynn.us

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Connie Wong
2 months ago
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Thank you for those numbers! Just re-posted!

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Connie Wong
2 months ago
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Hi! How many girls in total have attended? How many more are going to attend? Please let me know so I can repost -- I have 3000 "friends". But people usually respond best to metrics. Thanks! Connie

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