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Robyn Petgrave is teaching kids to reach for the sky — literally. Troubled by the large percentage of Compton children falling victim to gang violence and drugs, Robyn created Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum (TAM). The aeronautical program, designed for youth to learn flying, inspires its participants, and teaches responsibility. To participate, kids must maintain a good grade point average, stay out of trouble, and have a positive attitude. Robyn’s goal is to promote discipline and accountability that will assist each child on his or her future journey at school, in the workplace, and in the community.

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  • E man

    CJ and Tommaso, there are far more cars on the road, and how many fatalities are vehicles responsible for each year? Theharm of road vehicles is many multiple times that of aviation. We are just so accustomed to cars because we see them everywhere and we all depend on them daily. The urban sprawl and consumerism is very destructive as well. Aviation is way lower on the list.

  • Lynn

    I love this program. Having been a flight student myself at one point (although at my own expense!), I can appreciate first hand what the youth are experiencing. Flying is a beautiful and amazing thing. Personally, I think these teenagers falling into a life of gang violence, drugs, etc. is far more harmful than the small amount of emissions from the airplanes. Most flying lessons except for cross country flights (required for the private license) are only in the air for an hour or two once or twice a week.

  • CJ Macs

    I appreciated the spirit of the endeavor but I agree with other commenter, Tommaso Querini. This particular hobby is not only bad for climate change, it is also not a realistic endeavor for most individuals. I think there are better ways to encourage Compton kids. They certainly deserve special attention and I applaud the effort... but not the means.

  • Tommaso Querini

    I'm sorry to say this, but planes emissions are the most serious form of pollution and one of the main responsibles of climate change. I find this hobby irresponsible and I don't see as positive to inspire children to pursue this passion.

  • Kristin Pedemonti

    wonderful initiative, here's to helping kids take flight!

  • Anne O'Brien

    I think flight is magic. I always wanted to learn to fly but never did; however, I've gone up in every kind of plane I could, including the Red Baron aerobatic Stearmans. If you can see the world upside down, sideways, or even just tiny, it's a different place. Robyn Petgrave's idea is one of the best I've ever heard for these kids and it made my day to hear about it!

  • John Malcomson

    I am touched that Mr. Petgrave would give back to the community in this way. He must have a huge effect on these kids in overcoming the neighborhood they live in. Thank you Mr. Petgrave!

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  • Learn more about Tomorrow's Aeronautical Museum (TAM).
  • If you are looking for an at-risk youth program, visit this web site to find a center in your area.
  • Consider mentoring a youth in your community. Offer him or her time, patience, and advice to encourage them to reach their goals.

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