Send 100 Girls 2 See Hidden Figures

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** Update - 12/2017: I'm raising money to continue reaching my goals of helping even more girls in STEM! Click here to learn more!!**

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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Less than 45 days and A Wrinkle In Time will be in theaters! Please check out my new campaign to help me send girls who may not otherwise get a chance to see the movie do so!!! #1000girls!
https://www.gofundme.com/astronaut-starbright-fund

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This week I surprised two special friends at their schools. I read to their classes, talked about why Ava DuVernay A Wrinkle In Time Is important to see, and sighed and gave a copy of my Scholastic Science World cover and handed out to them Lottie Dolls flyers! Even donated a stem book to their class library! You see Savannah and Ellie are both kindergartners. Savannah attends S A Hull Private School and Ellie Hendricks Avenue Elementary School. They have been to almost every event I’ve done locally in Jacksonville, Florida, and want to be Astronauts like me!!! They always are Supporting me. So I thought why not spend some time with them! People ask why I do what I do when it comes to STEM. Well here are two reasons right here! They and many other girls are the reason I want more girls to dream STEM big, be a Warrior and reclaim their STEM! We are leaders and all it takes is one person to believe in your dreams. I believe they both will be great Astronauts one day. Don’t you? #stemgirlmagic #nocolorlineswithstem #reclaimingourstem #beawarrior

Please check out my new campaign and help me get a 1000 girls like Ellie and Savannah to A Wrinkle in Time movie! https://www.gofundme.com/astronaut-starbright-fund
Savannah and Ellie!!! Future Astronauts!!
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Sorry it’s been awhile since my last update but I have been busy! Have you checked out my new campaign! Please do! I could really use your help! And when you read below you will see why! So read and then go to
https://www.gofundme.com/astronaut-starbright-fund!
So thank you for sticking with me! See what I’ve been up too! First, I was able to attend the first ever Teen Vogue summit a few weeks ago and meet so many talented people. I was even given the honor to be 21 under 21 game changers for innovation in STEM. Second, I also participated in my first ever TEDxFSCJ panel in Jacksonville, Florida! And it was amazing! Remember you can see all the events and outreach on my social media pages under Astronaut StarBright! And finally I had finals this week so I was studying and boy they were hard! Like a Warrior, I got through them and now it’s Winter Break!

Speaking of being Warrior, have you heard that next spring the movie A Wrinkle In Time will be out for us to see? I’m so excited to say that I’m being a Warrior, dreaming STEM big and using this campaign to send girls to see it! A 1000 of them!!! I’m calling it Be A Warrior A Wrinkle In Time movie screening! What ya think?

Why another movie screening you ask? I have a lot of reasons which is in my original story here but i will say them again!
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! See trailer: https://youtu.be/UhZ56rcWwRQ

MaxIne Waters says she’s “reclaiming her time”, well we girls are being Warriors and we are reclaiming our STEM! Help me help girls dream a little bit bigger and become more Meg’s in this world!

#beawarrior
Taylor
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Hello! It’s Taylor! I wanted to thank you all so much for your support to not only raise funds to see Hidden Figures but also send one lucky girl to space camp this summer!

So much has happened since this last fundraiser! From being GoFundMe hero this February to my speech at the March for Science in DC to being on the covers of Girls for Aviation day and Scholastic Science World! My most recent accomplishment is becoming this year’s class of 2017 Teen Vogue 21 under 21!! So 2017 has been a busy year for me and my goal of bringing girls to the STEM table. I want to thank you all so much for your support!

But guess what! I wanted to let you know that I have a new fundraiser! And I’m planning to raise funds to send girls to space camp and see the new upcoming movie A Wrinkle in Time!

Hope you will check out my new fundraiser https://www.gofundme.com/astronaut-starbright-fund and share and donate for this great cause!

Also you can see all that I’ve been up to if you follow me on Facebook or Twitter or Instagram under Astronaut StarBright! It’s been a STEMtastic year and can’t wait for 2018!

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Connie Wong
19 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
19 months ago
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Such a fantastic idea. Let's help her get to $10K!

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

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Connie Wong
19 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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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
19 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
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Such a fantastic idea. Let's help her get to $10K!

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

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Connie Wong
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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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