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Richardson ’22 Receives Literacy Youth Advocacy Award, Featured in Series

Girls in STEM advocate Taylor Richardson ’22, a world renowned public speaker, philanthropist and social media presence known as Astronaut Starbright, received the Literacy Pro Jacksonville’s Youth Advocacy Award for her literacy efforts. Organization CEO Susan Kaniut made a special visit to The Bolles School September 27 to personally thank and recognize Richardson for her hard work.

Richardson has donated more than 15,000 books locally, nationally and internationally to reading programs, youth, schools, libraries, business and organizations. She also has captured international acclaim for sponsoring movie tickets for young women and girls to see STEM-inspiring movies like “A Wrinkle in Time” and “Hidden Figures.” Icons like Oprah Winfrey and JJ Abrams have supported her initiatives, which have made a difference in the lives of young people across the country.

Separately, the producers of Simon Frederick’s “The Outsiders?” announced Richardson has been cast in the new six-part series, which makes its streaming debut October 4 on YouTube Originals.

The series “profiles a pioneering cast of Black talent from around the world, shaping entertainment, technology, sport and culture as we know it,” a description reads. Richardson is one of many black artists from the UK and U.S. including Alicia Garza, Amanda Seales, Iddris Sandu and Isra Hirsi among others. Throughout the series, each member of the cast takes a seat on Frederick’s “griots Box,” to share ideas, experiences and memories through personal stories. Cast members are described as “global game-changers under 40 who have monumentally shifted the cultural dial and the luminaries transforming the future.”

Congratulations, Taylor!