IMANI X 1st Annual Give-Back Getaway: IGNITE Houston!
We are IMANI eXperiential Travel (IMANI X), a 501(3)(c) non-profit organization dedicated to exposing, enriching, and empowering under-traveled youth and adults by creating travel experiences to connect participants with a larger sense of self and a broader sense of home.
For our next sojourn, we will be sending 20 students from local Los Angeles, CA high schools on a 4-day culturally immersive service-learning Afro-Adventure from February 15th-18th, 2018. For our 1st Annual IGNITE Give-Back Getaway, we will be traveling to Houston, TX!
Many of our inner-city youth often experience adversities which we can attribute to diverse identities including race, gender, socioeconomic status, citizenship, and differing abilities. As a result of social inequalities and lack of exposure, it can feel quite impossible for some students to imagine themselves traveling or experiencing a life outside of their norm. IMANI X has developed programs which invite youth to dream of a life without boundaries. We empower our youth to live a life where they are not confined within or defined by their race, ethnicity, citizenship, gender, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic status by exposing them to limitless adventure, transformative experiences, and mentorship.
The IMANI X students have been participating in workshops and Afro-Adventures which break down these social and mental barriers through exposure to new experiences, concepts, and opportunities to serve their local and global communities. In addition to leaping out of their comfort zones and immersing themselves in the local culture of Houston, TX, students will volunteer their time to local organizations working towards many social justice initiatives. This travel experience will be a capstone for our students, giving them an opportunity to stretch out of their comfort zones and return to their communities as world citizens. We are fundraising $20,000 to support the total cost of the trip.
We appreciate your support in furthering our mission towards Igniting Meaningful Afro-Adventures Nationally and Internationally (IMANI) and creating infinite possibilities for our youth.