In celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 16-22), the Department of Aviation is highlighting the volunteer and outreach work that the airport does in local schools and youth organizations. The airports are committed to engaging with students to expose them to a variety of career paths and inspire an interest in aviation!
Philadelphia International Airport (PHL) hosts schools from surrounding communities each month as part of their “Next Generation Empowerment Day” program. Students are given a tour of the airport with a behind the scenes look at the day-to-day operations and they have the opportunity to hear from leaders at the airport talk about their unique career trajectories. The program has been very popular and, to date, PHL has hosted schools from Philadelphia; Cheltenham Township, Pa; Delaware County; and New Jersey, as well as hosting an event for homeschooled students and their parents.
Airport representatives have also attended career day events at several schools and colleges in the local area, including Penrose Elementary (above left), Chester County School, Bodine High School, Neumann University, and Delaware County Community College
Stefanie Yeung, membership manager for the World Affairs Council of Philadelphia, said the following about the Department of Aviation's visit to the Bodine High School Career Day (right) on April 14, "It was a special, inspirational day, giving Bodine students the opportunity to engage with career professionals from hospitality, law, finance, and government sectors."
Additionally, the airports donated approximately 100 binders to Teachers’ Teammates, a non-profit based in Delaware County that provides school supplies and resources to students and teachers in the area. Assistant Director of Community Relations & Outreach Keesha Lane(left) recently volunteered with the organization to conduct inventory alongside Delaware County residents.