HERE’S TUSKEGEE NEXT!
We target young people ages of 16-20 years old, showing them the value of aviation. Participants in the program are part of a summer residential program where they earn their private pilot’s license. Opportunities like these are life changing for the at-risk youth we reach. We offer this at no charge to those who are admitted to the program.
Program participants (“Tuskegee Cadets”) receive introductions to flying and the aviation industry, culminating in the Tuskegee Next flight training school.
Goal: cadets complete the program, gaining their pilot’s license and an understanding of opportunities in the airline industry.
LIFE SKILLS PROGRAM
Cadets are mentored by successful professionals, exposed to career opportunities, and immersed in community service.
Goal: cadets see hope for their futures and develop a desire to serve their neighborhoods and communities.
Cadets receive the help they need to excel academically.
Goal: cadets experience educational success and are ready to take next steps in living impactful lives and having an impact on their communities.
Why Tuskegee NEXT?
Did you know that more than 40 million Americans are considered low-income or living in poverty? Such people are 206% more likely to be the victims of a violent crime than those with higher incomes. And what’s worse, 30% of the population – or 95 million – live close to poverty.
Since the year 2000, we have seen an
increase of 384% in the number of people living in extreme poverty in Chicago neighborhoods. Understandably, the levels of frustration and despair among disadvantaged and minority populations are tremendous.
Just last month, CNBC reported that “the aviation industry now faces a global shortage of pilots.” A recent Boeing Pilot and Technical Market Outlook forecasts over 637,000 new commer- cial airline pilots will be needed over the next 20 years. That’s one every 15 minutes!
In that time, airlines will purchase 41,000 new planes and need 637,000 new pilots to fly them, according to a forecast from Boeing. This is a window of opportunity.
Building on the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen, Tuskegee NEXT is seizing the moment to enable at-risk youth to pursue careers in the airline industry—and we do it, in part, by teaching them how to fly! We introduce participants to the airline industry through formal flight training, life skills and mentorship collabo- rations, and educational initiatives.
But, there is hope – The success of just one person can effect change and inspire faith in a community. When the cycle of economic hardship is broken once, the results multiply as that one “success story” gives back to his or her neighborhood, family, and friends. This results in the creation of new opportunities for others.
A recent study estimates that the addition of just 50 new jobs, held by non-college-educated males in one neigh- borhood, would reduce the crime rate by 4.4 per 1,000 people. What an opportunity to create lasting change!
What’s more – A summer youth jobs program in Chicago resulted in a decrease in violence by 43 percent over 16 months – that’s four fewer violent crimes per person.
OUR CADETS SUCCEED!
SOLOED THEIR FIRST FLIGHT
EARNED PRIVATE PILOT’S LICENCES
ATTENDED OR ON TRACK TO ATTEND COLLEGE
2018 In Review
Red Tail Ball
The generosity of our annual Red Tail Ball guests, sponsors, volunteers and local businesses made this event a major success. We hosted a sold out crowd of 450 people gathered to support the next generation of pilots. The Red Tail Ball allows us to come together for an evening of generous giving and connect to those we serve and those we want to serve.
We completed our fourth year of programming
and graduated more pilots than ever before! Ten candidates entered our program and ten pilots graduated. We added the Red Tail Project to our list of programming, allowing us to reach 6th Grade students in the Chicago public school system with exploratory aviation training during an afterschool programming format.
This year’s open house event expanded to two dates because of increased opportunity to reach more groups of interested youth. We were able to reach over 100 young people and share the value of aviation. Our open houses unique experiences that allow cadets in training to give back to the community and teach young people about what they are learning at Tuskegee NEXT.
Our 2018 graduation featured our largest group of graduates yet! It was a great day to celebrate Tuskegee NEXT and the ten graduates. It took place during the Chicago Air and Water Show as the U.S. Air Force’s Thunderbirds flew overhead. What a privilege it is to watch young people enter our program and accomplish something that only 1% of the population has achieved. It is truly life changing for the graduates.
FROM THE CHAIRMAN and executive director
As we wrap up four years of programming, we are overwhelmed with gratitude for how much Tuskegee NEXT has literally taken off!
Five years ago, a small group came together with a vision of honoring the legacy of the Tuskegee Airmen while helping at-risk youth prepare for aviation careers. At that time, we established a goal of launching 100 pilots over 10 years. Today, we have 32 aviation cadets, 31 solo pilots, and 27 licensed pilots! Additionally, we touch the lives of hundreds of young people yearly through our annual aviation workshops, young eagles rallies, afterschool programs, open houses, and ground schools. Not only are we training young people to be pilots, they are being developed into community leaders who understand the legacy of
the Tuskegee Airmen and the responsibility that comes with being a Tuskegee NEXT graduate!
The Tuskegee Airmen were the first black military aviators in the United States Army Air Corps, a precursor of the U.S. Air Force. It was an experiment that was expected to fail. However, these distinguished aviators flew more than 15,000 individual sorties in Europe and North Africa during World War II. The bravery and actions of these pioneers opened doors that led to opportunities for generations to come.
The graduates of Tuskegee NEXT are not just becoming new pilots, they are the living, breathing embodiment of the Tuskegee Airmen legacy.
What an awesome opportunity we all have in supporting the next generation of pilots trained through Tuskegee NEXT. We have the incredible opportunity to empower talented, driven students who would not otherwise have access to the resources needed to become pilots.
And, what excites us the most is that we are just getting started!
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Will You Join Us?
This is where a partnership between you and Tuskegee NEXT comes in!
With your partnership, the lives of at-risk urban youth can be transformed. Will you join us in working to create this lasting change... and fill the skies with new cadets? This cannot happen without the support of people like you and other visionary entrepreneurs.
Together, let’s build hope into the future.