Sunday, Avianca flew 12 of 31 Colombian girls to NASA facilities in Houston, Texas to participate in the “Ella Es Astronauta” program, which provides talented girls from vulnerable territories in Colombia the opportunity to visit NASA’s mission control center and learn about inspirational women in aviation and space.
The “Ella Es Astronauta” program lasts eight months and starts with online classes before a capstone trip to NASA in the US, lasting five days with training and a graduation ceremony. Along with learning about science and aeronautics, the girls are taught leadership and creativity skills.
Participants come from socially vulnerable regions of Colombia including parts of Cundinamarca, Magdalena, Santander, Meta, Bolivar, Putumayo, and Chocó.
“From Avianca we will accompany this mission in line with the commitment we have to promote social development and contribute to the empowerment of more talented girls to strengthen their passion for careers related to science, technology and innovation. We are convinced that, as a company, with the leadership of She Is and with an ally like NASA, we can be an engine of change to make the dreams of girls and young people who project their future in the aeronautical sector come true,” said Avianca’s Felipe Andrés Gómez , Director of Institutional Relations and Sustainability.