Next month, 20 Richmond youth from grades 5 through 8 will head to the airport in Concord and board a JetSuiteX flight to Los Angeles for a full day of fun and adventure — all part of a brand new program taking underserved Richmond kids to “LA for a Day.”
The nonprofit For Richmond has partnered with air travel company JetSuiteX to launch the program that delivers educational and cultural single-day adventures in Southern California to local youth.
The youth trips will be offered once in the spring and once in summer annually, with the inaugural flight occurring Tuesday, May 23.
Youth selected to go on the trips will “earn” their fares in the classroom. The students, who must be in 5th through 8th grades, will be selected by their Richmond educators based upon their academic improvement, For Richmond said.
The program has students boarding a JetSuiteX aircraft from its private terminal at Buchanan Field Airport in Concord to its private terminal at Burbank Bob Hope Airport outside of Los Angeles.
From there, the children will tour and enjoy a catered lunch at JetSuiteX’s historical hangar in Burbank, followed by a cultural experience in Los Angeles, with visits to a museum or STEM-based educational activity.
“We’re thrilled to partner with For Richmond and its LA for a Day program to give the next generation of travelers a chance to experience the wonder of air travel and explore one of our home cities – Los Angeles,” said Alex Wilcox, CEO of JetSuiteX. “We’re proud to be on the forefront of improving air travel between the East Bay and LA, and the entire JetSuiteX crew is honored to expose these ‘most improved’ students to a new place that may not otherwise be easily accessible. We’re proud to help For Richmond bring that type of excitement and experience to these kids.”
For Richmond Executive Director Kyra Worthy said she hopes “LA for a Day” will “ignite that spark in our children that spurs them to reach higher and keep flying beyond their neighborhood skylines after this trip.”
JetSuiteX offers East Bay natives and visitors swift and easy travel between Concord and the LA area. The short-hop service launched a year ago and offers multiple flights daily (excluding Saturdays) starting at $99 each way.
To inform For Richmond about Richmond students in the fifth-through-eighth-grade who should participate in the program, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.