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"I Refuse to take NO for an answer." -Bessie Coleman

An Exceptional S.T.E.A.A.M Experience!

The Bessie Coleman Youth Drone Preparation & Training Academy

Named after and dedicated to her legacy as the first African American and Native American woman pilot, Bessie Coleman, Save Our Schools for Our Kids Foundation of Connecticut presents “The Bessie Coleman Youth Drone Preparation & Training Academy” (Known here-after as the Bessie Coleman Youth Drone Academy).

Referred to as small, unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS), the aim of this academy is to provide Hartford youth ages 9 –17 a STEM career pathway and business development platform of learning for commercial drone/unmanned aerial vehicle skills development and the opportunity to obtain their FAA certification for youth sixteen years of age and up.

Man Preparing to Fly a Plane

Youths will gain information taught by professional Drone Pilot and Drone Aerial Photographer instructors’ about commercial and recreational drone piloting and drone photography/videography. They will learn about opportunities to work full or part-time in a variety of industries that utilizes drones as well as learn how to create and launch their own business. Whether youth participants learn for recreational or professional use, they will all acquire the skills on how to be a drone operator for hire for a company in a corporate, professional, public, government or private setting.


Open to all youth participants to participate, outreach emphasis will be on minority youth. The Bessie Coleman Youth Drone Academy will prepare all participants starting at fifteen years of age to take and pass  the FAA’s initial aeronautical knowledge exam by the time they are sixteen years of age: "Unmanned Aircraft General – Small ( UAG )”.


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