One of our Student Space Ambassadors (SSA) is well on her way to achieving her life dream of becoming the first African-American person on Mars. This week, TMG SSA Taylor Richardson added to her list of accomplishments attending the White House United State of Women Summit in Washington, DC that occurred on June 18. The summit focused on gender equality issues, centering on six distinct topics including: economic empowerment and health and wellness. The event features speakers like President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as leaders like Oprah, U.S. Representative Nancy Pelosi, astronaut Christina Koch, Amy Poehler, Shonda Rhimes, and Kerry Washington, just to name a few.
At just 12 years old, Taylor is already making a difference with her life. She is an honors student, a triathlete, a Girl Scout, and more. Taylor started a book drive in her local community of Jacksonville, Florida, through which she has collected 3,000 new and gently used books for kids between the ages of 3 and 13. She was one of the youngest students ever accepted to Space Camp. Her passion for exploration was inspired by astronaut Dr. Mae Jemison, the first African-American woman in space, who Taylor had the opportunity to meet earlier this month.
Taylor is exactly the type of student we love to have as part of our ambassador program. Her passion for space and dedication to hard work exemplifies what it takes to lead in this industry. As Taylor’s role model Dr. Jemison said, “Make your place at the table and be a voice. Don’t just sit at the table, be heard.”
We are so proud to have Taylor working with our organization. Congratulations on your invitation to the summit! We can’t wait to see what Taylor does in the future.