*21 HBCU Students Travel To Africa Together and Continue To Grow Together as Millennials
ATLANTA, GA –August 19, 2016 – When logging into a social media account, then simultaneously bombarded with messages about reoccurring unjust behavior; a millennial can easily find a reason to unplug.
For 21 students who graduated from Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), this fuels a reason to unite.
In June 2010, the scholars met with the help of an undergraduate competition focusing on Coca-Cola’s Replenish Africa Initiative (R.A.I.N.) “Water for Schools” program. Students across the nation were asked to submit how this initiative inspires them for a chance to experience Africa and the 2010 FIFA World Cup. As competition winners, the group who affectionately call themselves the Talented 21, connected with the motherland. For most, it was their first time visiting. Many others saying it was a historic moment to realize the approaching journey into the heart of civilization.
Before making generational history, the students spoke as a group to youth at Draper Boys & Girls Club on the importance of education. Additionally, encouraging how exploring local and global communities could lead to bigger and better opportunities. The next day, the group boarded a plane alongside fellow surprise-traveler, Idris Elba. As an honorary addition to the group, Elba shared stories about his life, career and familial connections to Africa. It was encouraging for the students to remember that being great and inspiring greatness is the key to growth and unity.
With new opportunities, come new challenges including ones that shape growth in life. These young professionals, graduating during the height of the 2008 recession, are navigating this shared history and turning each corner along the way. The students have all established professional careers as thriving members of society. Their careers span in both public and private sectors of the medical and legal fields, the marketing and communication fields, infrastructure technology, non-profit leadership and power-generation.
Amazing things have happened to these successful millennials despite challenges including covering the 2016 NBA Draft, serving as a Regional Coordinator for the Peace Corps and many choosing to establish the important family unit, through marriage and children. With life in full swing, the beauty of travelling to Africa together is sustaining the group’s growing bond. Next weekend, the group will reunite for the sixth year, remembering the fun and exciting times on the trip.
This sixth reunion is hosted by Infinite Global Connections, LLC and will include a welcome reception, volunteer activities, a business workshop on corporate professionalism: succeeding in both domestic and international environments along with exploring the beauty and history of Atlanta.
By 2021, the group hopes to plan their own sustaining service project. The group also hopes to travel to South Africa, revisiting the school and township where they met young minds who were eager to connect, share and absorb an image of educated unity, all looking just l like them.
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