Donor helps group set up youth avi­a­tion pro­gram

The Columbus Dispatch - - Metro&state -

CINCINNATI — The Tuskegee Air­men chap­ter in Cincinnati will launch a new youth avi­a­tion pro­gram af­ter it re­ceived an anony­mous dona­tion of $10,000.

A tele­vi­sion sta­tion web­site, WCPO.com, re­ported that the pro­gram will help close to a dozen young peo­ple learn how to fly a plane and in­tro­duce them to ca­reers in avi­a­tion.

Marvin Bryce Sr. is youth avi­a­tion di­rec­tor for the or­ga­ni­za­tion, named for a famed group of black mil­i­tary pi­lots who flew dur­ing World War II. He said the pro­gram will help young peo­ple in the in­ner city un­der­stand there is more to life.

“If they don’t know they can achieve, they will never reach for it,” he said.

Bryce is very in­volved in the Cincinnati com­mu­nity. He serves as a min­is­ter and the pres­i­dent of Soar­ing Spir­its Avi­a­tion, a non­profit group that trans­ports pa­tients to med­i­cal fa­cil­i­ties for free.

James Shaw, pres­i­dent of the Tuskegee Air­men Cincinnati chap­ter, said Bryce’s back­ground makes him per­fect to lead the new pro­gram.

Bryce said he wants the fu­ture stu­dents to un­der­stand they are more than what oth­ers say they are. “All things are pos­si­ble if you just put your heart into it,” he said.

He said he ex­pects to launch the pro­gram in the up­com­ing weeks.

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