A lot of people who have ancestry from other countries are often curious about that culture, but don’t get a chance to explore it and find out more about who they are. Now, young black people are being allowed to explore their African roots, thanks to a program called Birthright AFRICA.
Birthright AFRICA is a nonprofit program based out of New York City. It gives young black teens and adults between the ages of 13 and 30 who are of African descent the opportunity to travel to Africa and find out more about their culture and roots. The best part about the program? The trips are free.
There are also local and national trips that people can participate in, in places like New York City and Washington, where they can meet with scholars who can help them better understand their history and African contributions to the United States. The main goal of the program is to provide younger black people with knowledge of African culture and history that they aren’t taught in American schools.
Birthright AFRICA teams up with local high school, college, and community organizations to make these trips possible. The educational partners take part in selecting who will visit what country. If you are interested in participating in the program but aren’t already a member of a school or community that is considered a partner, you can visit the Birthright AFRICA website, and they will let you know about available spots in the program.