The Cadet Flyers and Discovery Flyers Programs are a direct response to the growing number of young people who are either falling through the cracks at school or are involved with social service agencies due to poverty issues or difficult home situations. The drop-out rate in the Boston Public schools is unacceptably high, and almost one-third of the students do not graduate with their class. Schools and social service agencies have been searching, often without success, for that elusive motivational tool that will serve as the conduit to encourage these teens to apply themselves, stay in school, achieve, and follow a path toward a better future. Above the Clouds steps in to provide that missing motivational tool — the “coolness” of flight and the allure of learning to fly an airplane. Above the Clouds uniquely provides this programing on a cost-free basis for teens in need.


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The Cadet Flyers Program:

  • Inspires a sense of hope in the future by expanding the perspective of young people to make them aware of life’s possibilities
  • Builds a sense of responsibility by establishing goals and following through on commitments
  • Teaches the value of education as a means to achieve a goal
  • Develops discipline, integrity and self-esteem

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Participating in ATC’s Cadet Flyer Program can change a young person’s life! Your generous donation will help give an underprivileged teen the opportunity to learn how to fly an airplane, a life-changing opportunity they may have never imagined for themselves. As these teens build concrete skills flying “ Above the Clouds”, they feel joy and hope, as well as confidence and mastery, helping them rise above current challenges to envision and work towards a successful future.