An unfortunate reality of growing up in foster care is that many young people grow up in families that might not reflect their birth heritage. Promises2Kids works hard to address this alienation through our Guardian Scholars cultural groups and diverse mentoring team. But in some ways, each student finds their own path. We give them every opportunity we can. One of those ways is by prioritizing a trip for African American students to tour some of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities of this country.
For most students, it was the first time they had been to the East Coast and surely something they will long remember. The group visited Howard University, Hampton University, and Delaware State University. While on the other coast, they also visited some of the sights that make D.C. special, the White House, Capital Hill, the National Mall, the MLK Memorial, and others. They had some fun at the boardwalk of the National Harbor and rode the Capital Wheel. The event visited the National Museum of African American History and Culture to experience some of the history they belong to.
As we see often with these trips, a bonus is witnessing these students develop friendships and community with each other. Many were shy and a little overawed by the trip at first, but soon enough, they were singing karaoke, braiding hair together, and just being themselves.
Students returned to San Diego with a brand-new sense of possibility for the future. One student noted: “I feel like nothing can stop me.” Another believes they found their calling: “The School of Business gave me hope and motivation to thrive.”
We are grateful to @southwestair, the Official Airline of Promises2Kids, for making this opportunity possible by providing round-trip airfare for those on the trip.