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Introducing the Kids Free Trip to Africa Muskegon Class of 2024

Muskegon, MI – The Kids Free Trip to Africa Program, a pioneering initiative committed to offering underprivileged children a unique and all-expenses-paid cultural experience, proudly unveils the Muskegon Class of 2024. This year, the program sets a new record with its most diverse group yet, comprising seven remarkable kids spanning four different school districts, all set to explore the wonders of Ghana, West Africa.

The Class of 2024 includes Ma’Kayla White, Ma’Quel White, Ca’Mya Jackson, and Naeonna Agnew from Muskegon Heights High School; Jakari Bolden from Muskegon High School; Jai’Londyn Grant from Mona Shores High School; and Jamee Towers from Western Michigan Christian. This selection highlights our commitment to cultural diversity and educational enrichment beyond borders.

This opportunity was granted to the kids from Muskegon Heights High School in recognition of their exceptional talent showcased in the Black Month Essay Contest, with the prize being this transformative trip to Ghana. Additionally, for the first time in our program’s history, Jamee Towers, Jakari Bolden, and Jai’Londyn Grant will join this inspiring journey, supported fully by sponsorships from their families. This marks a significant milestone for our initiative, potentially setting a new paradigm for how we connect children to their heritage and the wider world.

Aundria White, expressing her exhilaration about what lies ahead for Ma’Kayla and Ma’Quel, remarked, “I feel like this will be a great experience to find out where they come from and understanding their culture.” Echoing this sentiment, Robert Roundtree, the Program’s Preparation Coordinator, stated, “This trip will be life-changing and culturally elevating for these well-deserving children of Muskegon.”

Since its inception in 2017, the Kids Free Trip to Africa Program has already changed the lives of over 35 children by providing them with an immersive cultural experience in Ghana, West Africa. These trips are far from ordinary vacations; they are profound learning experiences, offering participation in traditional ceremonies, visits to historical landmarks like the slave castles, and the W.E.B. DuBois Centre in Accra.

Yet, for four aspiring participants, the journey to Ghana remains uncertain without your help. The program calls on the community for support in fundraising efforts to cover travel, accommodations, food, passports, and vaccinations. Your contribution, whether financial, through spreading the word, or volunteering, will lay the foundation for a memorable and impactful journey for these children.

How to Support:

  • Donate: Every donation, regardless of size, can significantly impact the lives of these children. Contributions can be made via our GoFundMe page or PayPal.
  • Spread the Word: Help us reach more benefactors by sharing information about this transformative program on social media and within your network.
  • Volunteer: Lend your skills in fundraising, event planning, or child care to further the program’s goals and effectively support these incredible journeys.

By implicitly supporting the Kids Free Trip to Africa Program, you’re not just funding a trip; you’re investing in a child’s future, promoting cultural understanding, and inspiring a new generation to explore the endless possibilities the world has to offer.

For more information on how to contribute or to follow the Muskegon Free Class of 2024’s journey, please visit our website at Contact:
Paul Allen Billings

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