Aviation Development Council & Newark Museum Help Local School Kids Exhibit Their Skills

(l to r) Bill Huisman, Executive Director - Aviation Development Council; Sonnet Takahisa, Deputy Director Engagement & Innovation; Six Explorer Program Seniors; and Jessica Nunez, Explorer's Program Director.

Aviation Development Council (ADC), a bridge organization between our region’s aviation industry and the communities it serves, is proud to announce its partnership with the Port Authority of NY & NJ, and The Newark Museum in the museum’s ongoing ‘Explorer’s Program’, that offers Newark high school students an intensive internship, mentoring, college preparation, leadership training and career-building program.

This is a year-round learning experience that features paid internships, small group training, science & art workshops, and access to museum professionals. The ‘Explorers Program’ also offers college preparation and guidance in career planning. Since the program inception in 1984, over 250 Newark high school students have graduated from the program to pursue their educational goals at some of the leading universities in the country.

ADC’s sponsorship of this Newark Museum training & internship program was the result of some dialogue between ADC’s board member airlines and the Community Affairs office of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. ADC’s board members include representatives from JetBlue Airways, Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, and Air Canada.

“Aviation Development Council has formulated a community outreach program which is focused on youth education, youth leadership development, and youth wellness. We were looking for a worthwhile initiative in the Newark and Elizabeth area and began discussions with our industry partners, like United Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Air Canada, JetBlue Airways, and the Port Authority. Newark Museums’ ‘Explorers Program’ became a natural choice for our local outreach efforts’’, states Bill Huisman, the Executive Director of the Aviation Development Council. “We are demonstrating the region’s aviation industry concern for the youth of the communities it serves, through our community outreach program and appreciate the support we receive from the Port Authority and our airline board members. We are pleased to be helping the Newark Museum with this exciting program which offers exciting opportunities to young people throughout Newark and neighboring communities and allows many of them to continue onto advanced studies in college and on to rewarding careers”, continued Mr. Huisman.

The Aviation Development Council (ADC) is a not-for-profit organization whose mission is to be a positive agent for the advancement of aviation in the New York metropolitan area by promoting a business-minded, community-friendly agenda for both the region’s aviation industry and the communities it serves. ADC is funded by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the airlines that operate at all Port-Authority managed airports in our region.


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