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The mission of Black Air Foundation is to introduce inner-city youth ages 13-15 to Aviation, Filmmaking, Radio and Television production.
To meet these goals, Black Air developed the Lambert-Lima Flying Squadron cadet program which includes the following:
- Aviation--introduces youth to aviation as a career choice, aviation history, the theory of flight, and involves an actual airplane ride. Cadets are also taken on a tour of Quonset Air Museum.
- Filmmaking--expose youth to the methods used to create documentaries. This program has the potential to position Blacks and minorities at the forefront of the film industry developing in Rhode Island.
- Radio and Television-- provides youth orientation to the methods of the industry and job opportunities. The cadets are taken on a tour of a Radio station and a Television studio.
The Black Air Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that is dedicated to empowering minority youth through education and training.
Black Air is the brainchild of George S. Lima, CEO and President, whose remarkable experiences as a Tuskegee Airman recently came to the attention of the public in the documentary "Black Men Can Fly".
Building on this theme, "Flight" symbolizes a youth's opportunity to advance socially and economically. "Air" is more than just the space around us, but the medium, or media, through which we communicate.
Lima wants it to be known that not just Black men, but "Black kids can fly" too! As such, the vision for the Foundation includes training opportunities for youth in the fields of aviation, radio, television and filmmaking.
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