Last week in New York, the JetBlue Foundation granted $162,000 to six aviation programs to help their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) based initiatives. The JetBlue Foundation seeks out programs focused on communities traditionally under-represented in STEM fields, including women, minority groups and veterans.
Beyond just grants, the Foundation provides in-kind support, mentoring, internships and more to make a difference for the next generation of aviators, dispatchers, aircraft mechanics and pilots. Over the past four years, the Foundation has built lasting relationships with more than 26 aviation-focused programs and granted $512,000 to help these programs take off.
This year’s JetBlue Foundation grant recipients include:
- Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology (Flushing, NY) – Vaughn College will use this grant to purchase a flight simulator and develop programming. Their goal is to expose 600 New York City area high schoolers and Vaughn College students to flight learning and related careers. The funds will also further enhance the college’s flight operations training curriculum.
- Hiller Aviation Museum (San Carlos, CA) – The museum will utilize these funds to develop the “Real Time Weather and Air Traffic Control Exhibit,” a new interactive exhibit in its Working World of Aviation gallery. The program will provide STEM learning outside of the formal classroom and for San Francisco area students from low-income backgrounds. The initiative will focus on students in grades 4-8.
- Above The Clouds (Norwood, MA) – Above the Clouds creates a spark for aviation among at-risk teens. This grant will help fund the Cadet Flyers, Discovery Flyers and Dream Flyers programs and maintenance for a Piper Warrior II aircraft, allowing students ages 6-18 to take flight lessons with Certified Flight Instructors.
The JetBlue Foundation is continuing JetBlue’s mission of inspiring humanity and will also provide support and special consultation to three developing programs to help them expand on new aviation-focused initiatives.
- Worcester County Horticultural Society (Worcester, MA) – The Worcester Tree Initiative will use this funding to develop an environmental education program focused on inner city youth. This program will consists of two hands-on training components: field-based learning and computer lab learning that uses a software application to incorporate the results of light detection and range sensing to understand the urban forest canopy.
- New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) (Corona, NY) – NYSCI will use their grant to support the Science Career Ladder initiative – a nationally recognized program for engaging under-represented groups in STEM. The Science Career Ladder recruits high school and college students as “Explainers” to interact with NYSCI’s visitors, fostering conversations about science exhibits and activities.
- Trident Technical College Foundation (North Charleston, SC) – Trident will use these funds towards the purchase of a Flight Deck Simulation Trainer. The simulator will provide students with real-world, hands-on experience working on a large airplane, preparing them for aeronautical industry-standard work.
We support STEM education through a variety of initiatives. We hosts a unique education pathway from relationships with elementary school students and mentoring high school and college students to its University Gateway Program, which leads to positions as Pilot Trainees with JetBlue.