I really believe that the world is certainly big, beautiful, and filled with possibilities. The more folks that recognize that (especially from a age), the better our futures will come to be.
Travel is a robust force to make that happen. Travel opens minds and expands world views. That’s why, this past year, I introduced a nonprofit that transmits students from schools in underserved communities on educational overseas trips. It’s named FLYTE (THE BUILDING BLOCKS for Learning and Youth Travel Education).
Even though many nonprofits concentrate on big schools in big cities, I needed to produce a program where teachers from anywhere — incorporating small rural towns and the ‘burbs, along with big cities — can apply and access financing. From urban NYC to rural North Dakota, any teacher employed in a school with limited funding resources can apply.
In 2015, we fundraised over $15,000 and helped send out students learning Spanish at the very best Academy in Atlanta to Mexico for a two-week immersion trip! It had been amazing, and the students got a life-changing experience.
Fourteen days ago, I required the train right down to Washington, D.C., to meet up students from Anacostia SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL who will be heading on FLYTE’s next trip. This school is situated in Southeast D.C, among the roughest areas found in the town. The area has among the highest crime and poverty rates in the united states. As teacher Kathrine Avila, who submitted Anacostia’s application, says:
“In the region in which I show, most students’ personal goals happen to be limited by a range around five years. Because of their circumstances, most students aren’t exposed to the options outside their immediate surroundings. The primary focus for students at Anacostia is normally to graduate, as the rate of graduation lingered at approximately 46% for the 2014-2015 school year. For most of my students, vacationing abroad alongside their peers and teachers is normally somewhat of an unreachable dream.”
You and I both find out the energy of travel and just what a positive impact vacationing has already established on our lives (actually, it’s probably why you’re scanning this blog!) — it possesses built us better people and opened up us up to world of possibility. Travel expands horizons, reduces prejudices, teaches us about other cultures, and produces us realize we are able to dream dreams — and also make those dreams become a reality.
But also for many people, travel is normally something they’ll never manage to carry out. They just don’t possess the means. And our society also thinks that vacations are costly, and that travel is normally an extravagance for only the few. In towns and cities across America, youths just like the ones at Anacostia HS haven’t been proven that travel is at their realm of possibility. Just how could a teenager, reliant on free lunch, understand that traveling could come to be within their reach? That it’s something that they are able to shoot for?
That’s where FLYTE will come in.
We are able to help supply them with an experience that could not come to be possible with just the sources of their school alone. We are able to help change their lives, make sure they are dreamers, and build more global-minded travelers. By heading abroad, students will recognize that there are a great number of opportunities beyond their communities.
Today, we happen to be formally launching our campaign to improve money to mail 12 students and 4 chaperones on a nine-day visit to Cuba! In this article are the youngsters:
(There are just nine in this article because some couldn’t escape class. Also featured will be the principal, vice-principal, and teacher.)
All of the students upon this trip will be members of Anacostia’s International Club and also have spent days gone by school year researching and finding your way through their visit to Cuba this August. Normally, the institution can only just fundraise enough for just two students to move, but by striking our fundraising goal of $35,000 , ten more students are certain to get to visit Cuba!
World Nomads, the best travel cover provider, has decided to proudly support this trip by within the cost of the students’ travel cover. They’ve been the most well-liked insurance company of the website for a long time, and I’m super glad they are receiving included! Travendly, a tour company from NYC, is definitely crafting an unbelievable itinerary and rendering all of the tour and accommodations planning the trip — at cost too!
FLYTE is definitely choosing flight, and we will be supporting real schools heading on actual trips! Your donation isn’t likely to some amorphous idea I got last summer — it’s likely to support this very band of students from Southeast DC reach Cuba!
Up to now we’ve raised $5,100 (which rocks !) but we’ve quite a distance to go! When you have been debating whether to donate, please understand that 100% goes right to funding this great band of students. I am personally covering most of FLYTE’s administrative costs, and I’ll match donations up to $10,000! (And, given that we’ve turn into a full-fledged 501(c)(3) nonprofit, your donation is normally tax-deductible!)
It had been incredible and heartwarming that people could actually fund the very best Academy visit to Mexico. Nowadays I’m requesting to remember just what a difference journeying has manufactured in your life and present that gift to the students at Anacostia.
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The actual fact that people can travel shows precisely how privileged we will be. We’re doing something almost all of the world’s population won’t have an opportunity to perform. Yes, we work hard and save, but also for so many teenagers, travel is a fantasy because they’ve never been proven it’s a chance.
Well, let’s take action. Let’s surrender. Let’s help others. Let’s be considered a community of travelers that promotes global citizenship and show the youth of tomorrow that there surely is more to embrace overseas than there is usually to be afraid of.
(All of the students at the senior class assembly if they declared the Cuba trip!)
I’m really passionate relating to this project and hope you happen to be too. A $10 donation facilitates teachers and students go through the educational trip of an eternity, all for under the cost of meals at Chipotle!
(Feel absolve to offer more though! We’ve possessed donations as high as $2,500!!!! There’s no limit!!).
If everyone gave just $10, we’re able to fund a large number of trips. That’s all I’m asking. A straightforward, $10 donation. If you’ve ever gotten value out of this website, preserved money, or been encouraged, then become a member of with me and let’s offer that to these kids. $10. That’s it. Two fewer beers on the highway might help these kids — and the millions like them — start to see the world! Support us reach our goal!
Fundraising Websites — Crowdrise
I’m requesting to help mail the Anacostia HS students of DC on the trip of an eternity — whether by posting this together with your friends, publishing it on social media, forwarding it to a reporter, or (of course) donating.
We’ve a chance to change lives within the next generation. Let’s step of progress and support these students consider what they’ve discovered in school and view it in real life.
Plenty of thank-yous,
P.S. — Performed I mention we’re a 501(c)(3), thus all your donations will be tax deductible? Yeah? Good. Just producing sure you understand!