The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) was introduced to Project Exploration (PE) through a Virtual Fly-In, hosted by Pilot Franz. Franz invited members of OBAP to virtually meet PE team members along with a couple of other aerospace professionals. 


Mentoring Matters
Anya Kerns, Delta Air Lines First Officer, said, OBAP has been a part of my family and life from the age of 14. Without the mentors from thIs organization, it has afforded me an uncharted, perhaps unfulfilled path. No matter the direction other adults were trying to sway my career choice, I had my mentors that were proof that my goals and dreams were possible. Being a part of the various programs and receiving scholarships helped focus me in a world that would have been otherwise undiscovered. I am proud to be able to have accomplished my goals and set the example for thousands in the next generation as now a leader and mentor with OBAP.”  

Exploring Aerospace Opportunities
Titus Sanders, CW4 US Army, recounted, “I was drawn to OBAP because it provides me an opportunity to recruit, mentor, and expose minority youth to aerospace opportunities. This work is essential to me because, as a product of the housing projects of the city of Pittsburgh, I grew up without ever interacting with a pilot, let alone a minority pilot. I want to help provide a different experience to this generation of minority youth from underserved communities.” The OBAP and PE missions fit together perfectly and we are excited to have OBAP working closely with us to provide mentorship, aviation curriculum, field trips, guest speakers, and more. 

Founded in 1976, the Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals (OBAP) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the encouragement and advancement of minorities in all aviation and aerospace careers.

OBAP members encourage diversity in the industry by supporting aspiring aviation professionals through Project Aerospace, a series of scholarships, mentoring, training, and youth-focused education programs. 

Be sure to look out this summer for our Aerospace STEM workbook pages and conversation on Social Media.

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“Children are the Priority. Change is the Reality. Collaboration is the Strategy.” By Justin Billinger

Project Exploration welcomes opportunities to partner with schools and communities to expose students to STEM. We seek partners that can identify space, students, and an environment that promotes high-quality STEM programming.

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“If you have the power to make someone happy, Do It! The world needs more of that!” By: Unknown

Being a STEM Champion means you, too, value the importance of engaging our students in underserved communities and are dedicated to supporting Project Exploration as we forge ahead and build unique STEM education opportunities to spark our future STEM Professionals.

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