DRAFT: “Harlem in the Air” Forms to Empower New York City Youth to Soar

New York, N.Y. There is a new organization taking flight in Upper Manhattan: Harlem in the Air (www.harlemintheair.org; www.facebook.com/harlemintheair). This youth empowerment organization is committed to exposing the world of aeronautics to inner-city underserved, underserviced young people and teens to in the New York Metro area. 


‘AirHarlem’ will introduce participants to aerospace engineering, air traffic control, airport management and administration, airport operations, airport security, commercial aviation, general aviation, and military aviation with the outcome of participants being accepted to aeronautics high schools, colleges, and jump start career paths in aeronautics.

We will have the participants involved in a number of activities including airport visits to some of the busiest airports in the country, air traffic control tours, discovery flights, flight training, speakers from pilots, drone operations, school visits, aircraft and engineering factory tours, museums, and airshows.

We intend on partnering with the major airlines: American Airlines, Delta, United, JetBlue, Southwest, FedEx and UPS.


Similar to the Young Eagles program, launched in 1992, Harlem in the Air will focus on New York’s inner city high school students. Young Eagles, giving youth ages 8–17 their first free ride in an airplane, is the only program of its kind – with the sole mission to introduce and inspire kids in the world of aviation. ‘AirHarlem’ will give wings to NYC kids.

Michael Mullen (rear), 12th Operations Support Squadron flight simulator instructor, helps Lorena Longoria (left) and Derek Cox (right), San Antonio Aviation Career Education students, with a chance so see what it is like to fly in a simulator at Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas, during a field trip visit of the 99th Flying Training Squadron, July 08, 2014. The flight simulator creates a more realistic environment for students to experience flying a plane. The ACE Camp offers orientation to the various aviation disciplines for young people ages 14 to 17. Students in the camp explore the many career options available in the aerospace industry. During the visit, students were briefed on possible careers in the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Johnny Saldivar/Released)

We need help! To get our youth off the ground, we require:

  • Pro bono legal representation
  • Tax-deductible contributions made through our 501(c)3 fiscal sponsor
  • Web and social media support

The J. Luce Foundation, Supporting Young Global Leadership here and abroad, serves as fiscal sponsor to Harlem in the Air. Tax-deductible contributions may be made online here or by check to “Luce Foundation,” memo (note) “Harlem in the Air,” mailed to J. Luce Foundation, 540 Main Street #418, New York, N.Y. 10044.

Please contact me directly at trevel.price@gmail.com!

Trevel Price

Trevel Price
Trevel Price started out as an INROADS intern with Citi Private Banker division (CPB) since May 2000. He is now the Database Administrator for CPB’s Client Website Support Unit. Mr. Price has served as a Project Manager, Programmer and Business Analyst at CPB. He is a graduate from Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Computer Science and Communications and a Masters in Information Technology, Multimedia and Animation.

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