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Barrington Irving
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Barrington Irving

Pilot and Innovative Educator
FEE RANGE: $15,000–$25,000 [FEE NOTE]
TRAVELS FROM: Florida
Barrington Irving is very good at rising above obstacles. Raised in Miami's inner city, surrounded by crime, poverty, and failing schools, he beat the odds to become the youngest person and only African-American ever to fly solo around the world. He built a plane himself, made his historic flight, graduated magna cum laude from an aeronautical science program, and founded a dynamic educational nonprofit before age 28. His message for kids: "The only thing that separates you from CEOs in corner offices or scientists in labs is determination, hard work, and a passion for what you want to achieve. Even if no one believes in your dream, you have to pursue it." Irving's nonprofit, Experience Aviation, aims to boost the numbers of youth in aviation and other science and math related careers. Middle and high school students attend summer and after-school programs tackling hands-on robotics projects, flight simulator challenges, and field trips to major industries and corporations.

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