Richmond youth head to ‘LA for a Day’ thanks to JetSuiteX partnership


The sky is the limit for 20 local students who were flown to Los Angeles for a day of fun on Tuesday.

Their adventure included a visit to the Space Shuttle Endeavour at the California Science Center.

But really it was the students’ elevating performance in the classroom that gave them wings, according to Kyra Worthy, executive director of the nonprofit For Richmond.

Tuesday’s “LA for a Day” flight is the first in a new partnership between For Richmond and JetSuiteX offering underserved Richmond youth educational and cultural single-day adventures in Southern California.

The first group of 20 students to enjoy the free trip came from six different Richmond schools’ 5th through 8th grades. They were recommended by their educators based upon their academic improvement.

Their flight took off from the Concord airport about 7 a.m. The kids were fed breakfast and whisked to the California Science Center, where they spent the day and were provided lunch and dinner by For Richmond. All meals were funded by Mechanics Bank. The kids hopped a flight in Burbank to return home at 6:20 p.m.

Kyra Worthy, executive director of the nonprofit For Richmond, said it was fitting that Richmond students visited the Space Shuttle Endeavour.

“These students explored new frontiers during their field trip and the Space Shuttle symbolizes the infinite possibilities that are out there for them if they reach for the skies,” Worthy said.

The youth trips will be offered once in the spring and once in summer annually.

To inform For Richmond about Richmond students in the fifth-through-eighth-grade who should participate in the program, contact

Photos courtesy of For Richmond.