If you were given one flight to spread good…
Where would you go?
What would you do?
It’s a simple question, with some potentially amazing answers. This is why we decided to launch Flying It Forward, a social movement we see as a public manifestation of our mission to inspire humanity.
Our Senior Vice President of Commercial, Marty St George said it best, “It’s easy to get caught up in the mechanics of travel and overlook the reasons why people travel. Everyone travels for their own reasons. It’s those stories, those connections with individuals that inspire us all. At JetBlue, we have the means to facilitate those human connections. With Flying It Forward, we’re pulling the humanity and goodness that already exists to the forefront by making the sharing of these stories possible. It’s easy to say our mission is to inspire humanity, but it’s quite a feat to make that mission known and felt.”
Flying It Forward started with crewmembers nominating individuals within their communities they thought they were worthy of a flight. Tameka from Chicago was first. The director of I Grow Chicago, an organization providing a safe haven to at-risk members in her community, Tameka was invited to attend The World Conference on Indigenous Peoples at the United Nations in New York City. We were honored to help bring Tameka to our hometown, but that was only the beginning of the trip for this Flying It Forward ticket.
Lisa, a ground operations crewmember at JFK had heard the story of another local New Yorker, working to regain her independence after a tragic accident, so our Flying It Forward ticket brought to New York by Tameka was handed off to Teena, who’s dream of a trip to Seattle was made real after a year of hard rehabilitation.
In Seattle, Teena handed the Flying It Forward ticket on to Peter, an artist looking to make his mark back on the streets of New York. If you find yourself smiling up at a colorful mural in Brooklyn one day, you can thank artist Ten Hundred.
Louis from Stratford, CT can also thank Peter for handing off the Flying It Forward ticket to him back in New York. Louis runs the non-profit Haiti Lumiere de Demain, providing educational opportunities for children in his home country of Haiti. Watch this inspiring video about Louis’s efforts to help the children in La Gonave gain the tools needed to improve their own world.
In Haiti, Louis handed the Flying It Forward ticket onto Astrel Clovis, an inspirational man who’d put his dream of returning to run in the New York City Marathon on hold in the wake of the Haiti earthquake. This year though, Astrel was invited to run his second New York City Marathon by Sean Penn and his J/P HRO team. Seeing Astrel and the J/P HRO team run past our headquarters in Long Island City was an exciting moment that showcases the human spirit to preserver.
Now that Astrel is in New York though, the Flying It Forward ticket is ready for it’s next recipient to carry it onward. Where will it go next? Who will carry it? These are questions we want you to help us answer.
Our Flying It Forward travelers will get to choose from a list of candidates in the destination they’re flying to. These candidates are looking to fulfill a dream, join a humanitarian effort or making a meaningful impact on the world.
- Do you have your own story to tell? Log on to Twitter or visit the Flying it Forward site and tweet us where you want to fly, and why, in 140 characters or less using #FlyingItForward.
- Know someone with a story? Log on to Twitter or visit the Flying it Forward site and tweet us where they want to fly, and why, in 140 characters or less using #FlyingItForward.