Aerospace Professionals in School (APIS) introduces youth to the limitless opportunities available through careers in aerospace and aviation beginning at an early age.

APIS curriculum will pique the interest of children, ages 6 - 10, through elementary science clubs and career days. Middle school-aged youth receive broader education and more in-depth exposure through career fairs, community events and opportunities to participate in OBAP’s ACE Academy.

The high school curriculum provides OBAP members who serve as mentors to young adults considering higher education opportunities and available scholarships for careers in aviation. Coined “Boys to Men” and “Girls to Women,” the extracurricular programs seek to provide high school students with decision-making skills, conflict and time management.

APIS prepares aspiring aerospace professionals for fruitful careers. Since 1992, the program has reached over 500,000 people, many of whom hold positions as commercial pilots, aircraft maintenance and flight dispatchers, business managers, and more. 

Additionally, OBAP offers complimentary programs including Life Skills, which provide professional and personal training nationwide.

OBAP furthers its investment in school systems nationwide through strategic partnerships with carriers and corporate entities. In 2013, Wooddale High School in Memphis was outfitted with a National Flight Academy (NFA) Aviation Classroom Experience through contributions from OBAP, TEQGames, and FedEx Express. In early 2015, OBAP and FedEx Express again partnered to donate a Boeing 727 engine to Ben C. Rain High School’s Aviation and Aerospace Academy in Mobile, Alabama.

These established aviation-related facilities and motivated faculty at each school help to further OBAP’s commitment to exposing promising students to opportunities in aerospace.

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There is growing concern that the United States is not preparing a sufficient number of students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). A large majority of secondary school students fail to reach proficiency in math and science. The Organization of Black Aerospace Professionals, Inc. (OBAP) is determined to reverse this trend via our Project Aerospace Program which encourages and motivates students to pursue careers in STEM-related fields through aviation career education activities, briefings, and presentations throughout the country.

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Upcoming APIS Events

We are seeking volunteers for the following events. Please email the contact for the event or go to the OBAP volunteer signup form here and choose APIS to be alerted when new APIS events are posted.

If you know of an event that needs to be added to this section, please use the contact form here and choose the APIS department from department drop down.


February 14, 2020
Black History Month
Laurel Street School/Compton Unified District
1321 West Laurel Street Compton, California 90220
Time of Event: 9:00am - 10:30am
Number of Students: 650
Contact: apis@obap.org

February 19, 2020
YEMP Career Day
El Cerrito Middle School
7610 El Cerrito Road, Corona, CA
Time of Event: 8:00am - 11:00am
Contact: Linnie Bailey yempcareerday@gmail.com

February 25, 2020
Enterprise MS
Compton Unified School District
2600 W Central Ave, Compton, CA 90220
Time of Event: 9:11am - 12:32pm
Number of Students: 250
Contact: apis@obap.org

February 25, 2020
APIS Class Presentations
Dickison Elementary (Compton Unified)
905 North Aranbe Aveunue, Compton, CA 90220
Time of Event: 12:30pm - 2:00pm
Number of Students: 800
Contact: apis@obap.org

March 5, 2020
Career Fair
Centinela Valley Union High School District
Hawthorne Memorial Center
Time of Event: 8:30am - 2:30pm
Contact: apis@obap.org

March 11, 2020
YEMP Career Day
Corona Fundamental Intermediate
1230 S Main Street, Corona, CA
Time of Event: 8:00am - 11:00am
Contact: Linnie Bailey yempcareerday@gmail.com

July 8, 2020
Joseph Learning Lab's Summer Lab
1316 E 26th Street, Buena Park, CA 90621
Time of Event: 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Number of Students: 20
Contact: apis@obap.org

February 14, 2020
DeBakey HSHP Scientific Symposium
DeBakey HS for Health Professions
2545 Pressler Street, Houston, Texas 77030
Number of Students: 25
Time of Event: 8:00am - 12:00pm
Contact: apis@obap.org

February 17-21, 2020
2020 Southwest APIS Week
Location: Houston
Volunteers needed: 134
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March 6, 2020
Career Day at Hambrick Middle School
4600 Aldine Mail Route, Houston, TX 77039
Time of Event: 8:00am - 10:20am
Number of Students: 65
Contact: apis@obap.org

March 6, 2020
Boy's Day
Atherton Elementary School
2011 Solo Street, Houston, TX 77020
Time of Event: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Number of Students: 300
Contact: apis@obap.org

March 11, 2020
Aerospace and Aviation Day
Houston ISD-Wesley ES Aerospace Academy
800 Dillard Street, Houston, TX 77091
Time of Event: 9:00am - 2:00pm
Number of Students: 500
Contact: apis@obap.org

April 3, 2020
Girl's Day Program
Atherton Elementary School
2011 Solo Street, Houston, TX 77020
Time of Event: 10:00am - 12:00pm
Number of Students: 300
Contact: apis@obap.org

April 18, 2020
Career Day
HISD Hattie Mae White Educational Support Center
4400 W. 18th Street, Houston, Texas 77092
Number of Students: 3,000
Time of Event: 10:00am - 1:00pm
Contact: apis@obap.org


February 15, 2020
Detroit Jack and Jill Chapter
Number of Students: 18
Contact: apis@obap.org

February 24, 2020
Edison High School
700 22nd Ave NE, Minneapolis, MN. 55418
Number of Students: 10 - 20
Contact: Mr. Derek Emery derek.emery@mpls.k12.mn.us

February 25, 2020
Air Force Academy High School
3630 S Wells St. Chicago IL. 60609
Time of Event: 7:45am-8:45am. & 2:15pm-3:15pm. (2 periods)
Number of Students: 40 (About 20 each period)
Contact: Ms. Kristen Arambula kmarambula@cps.edu

Important note: Every volunteer must fill out their information on a volunteer form at: www.cpsvolunteers.org with a few days of anticipation. No guest speaker may go to visit the school without this form.

February 26, 2020
Western Michigan University
Bernhard Center
1903 Western Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Time of Event: 7:00pm-8:30pm
Number of Students: 10
Contact: Mr. Mitchell Carr Jr mitchell.l.carr@wmich.edu

February 26, 2020 
Davis Aerospace/Golightly Career and Technical Center
900 Dickerson Detroit, MI 48215
Time of Event: 9:00am-10:30am, 1:00pm-2:30pm (2 Periods)
Number of Students: 100 (about 50 per period)
Contact: Mr. Neal Morrison neal.morrison02@detroitk12.org

February 27, 2020 
Stagg School of Excellence
7424 S Morgan St. Chicago, IL. 60621
Time of Event: 9:00am - 11:30am (4 periods of 30 minutes)
Period 1: 9:30am-10:00am. 20 students
Period 2: 10:00am-10:30am. 20 students
Period 3: 10:30am-11:00am. 20 students
Period 4: 11:00am-11:30am. 20 students
Number of Students: 80 (about 20 per period)
Contact: Ms. Lanaye Lawson ltlawson@cps.edu

Important note: Every volunteer must fill out their information on a volunteer form at: www.cpsvolunteers.org with a few days of anticipation. No guest speaker may go to visit the school without this form.

February 27, 2020
Olive-Harvey College
10001 S. Woodlawn, Chicago, IL 60628
Contact: Ms. E. T. Mitchell emitchell66@ccc.edu

February 28, 2020 
Franklin Middle School
1501 Aldrich Ave N, Minneapolis, MN 55412
Time of Event: 10:00am-12:00pm
Contact: Ms. Jimetra Roumo jimetra.roumo@mpls.k12.mn.us


March 11, 2020
Career Day
Aviation High School
45-30 36th St.  Long Island City, NY 11101
Number of Students: 400
Time of Event: 8:00am - 4:00pm
Contact: Kevaughn Hammond

April 2, 2020
Career Day
George Mason Elementary School
813 N. 28th Street, Richmond, Virginia 23224
Number of Students: 300
Time of Event: 9:00am - 3:00pm
Contact: Joe Hayes jhayes@obap.org

April 6 - 10, 2020
Hampton University Aviation Career & Safety Week
100 E Queens Blvd., Hampton, VA 23668
Time of Event: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Number of Students: 45
Contact: Joe Hayes jhayes@obap.org

February 13, 2020
ATL 2020 Black History Month Program
Department of Aviation Executives Offices, Domestic Atrium 4th Floor
Time: 12:00pm - 1:30pm

February 16, 2020
Middle College High School Career Fair
Middle College High School
750 E Parkway S, Memphis, TN 38104
Time: TBD
Contact: akearns@obap.org

February 20, 2020
Career Day
Glades Middle School
16700 SW 48th Court Miramar, Fl 33027
Time 9:30am - 11:30am
Number of students: 300
Contact: akearns@obap.org

February 28, 2020
Olympic High School
4301 Sandy Porter Road, Charlotte, NC 28273
Time: 9:00am
Contact: akearns@obap.org

March 6, 2020
Aviation STEM Workshop
Provine High School
2400 Robinson Street, Jackson, MS 39209
Time: TBD
Contact: akearns@obap.org

March 6, 2020
West Pint LEADS Workshop
Jackson Public School District
662 S. President St., Jackson, MS 39225
Time of Event: 8:00am - 4:30pm
Number of Students: 50
Contact: akearns@obap.org

March 15, 2020
College and Career Fair
Campbell High School
5265 Ward St Smyrna, Ga 30080
Time: TBD
Number of students: 600
Contact: akearns@obap.org

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