New program aiming to help troubled youth is taking off!

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A new program aimed to help troubled youth is one step closer to becoming a reality in Greenbrier County. The non-profit program is called the Johnson Youth Aviation Academy and organizers are aiming to teach children between the ages of 12 and 18 the aviation trade. They said this will be a way to keep them out of trouble and in an exciting profession. The Co-Founder of the program, Sonny Bennett, said it’s not easy picking a career as a young adult. 

“A lot of kids come out of school now and don’t have any idea what they want to do. We are trying to salvage these people to help them out of whatever they see as a dead end for themselves,” Bennett said. 

The program will offer hands on education courses teaching students not only the behind the scenes work in aviation, but also how to fly. Right now, there are two planes that will soon be ready for flight and the program will mainly be held at the Greenbrier Valley Airport. If people do take advantage of this program they could be in the planes cockpit with air under their wings by the time they are 16. 

Bennett said the program has the communities support which is a crucial step to success. 

If you have any questions or would like to sign up for the course you can send an email to Johnson Academy@SuddenLink.net 

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