CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Success Looks Like Me program is once again sending a local group of students on a trip of a lifetime that could help set them up for a lifetime of success.
Ten minority male students from across the Buffalo Public Schools system got on a plane at Buffalo Niagara International Airport Wednesday morning, to begin a trip to New York City.
The students have a packed schedule over the next few days, as they explore the GM Cadillac Headquarters and facilities. They also have the chance to enjoy cultural and educational opportunities, including shows at the Apollo Theater and on Broadway.
One major highlight of this trip for these young men will be the opportunity to meet with automotive executives of color at the NYC International Auto Show, as part of the mission of the Success Looks Like Me program, which provides low income students of color with opportunities to interact with successful adults and mentors.
“I interpret it as a business trip, so, like I said, meeting other African American males who are in this business, with cars and things, I think it will open up the opportunity for me to potentially pursue that career,” said one of the students going on the trip, Christopher Gandy, a senior at the Buffalo Academy of Visual and Performing Arts.
“Me, I’m looking forward to maybe working for General Motors, and getting in good with them,” said Keyan Overton, a Burgard High School senior who is taking his second trip with Success Looks Like Me. Overton traveled to Detroit in 2014 with the program, and now works with cars at his school.
Success Looks Like Me has also sent other students to Detroit for similar experiences. News 4 caught up with a group of 14 minority female students as they boarded a bus to begin that trip last October.
The young women toured the GM headquarters and design facilities and met with everyone from CEOs to astronauts as they explored careers in the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math – or STEM – fields.
The young men heading to New York City flew out just before 9 a.m. Wednesday, and they will return to Buffalo Friday night.