June 18, 2024


Brandan Louis, Sarai Antoine & K’andra Pope

ORLANDO FL, 1/9/19 – Two Honor Roll students from Maynard Evans High School in Pine Hills along with a recent graduate from Maynard Evans High School will embark on a life-changing journey to Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China. The all-expenses paid trip is sponsored by 98.5 THE WIRE.

Every year WHPB 98.5 The Wire takes their Mentees & interns on an adventure opportunity to explore other parts of the world, this year the destination will be Hong Kong and Mainland China followed by a trip to Ghana in June. We live in a society where minorities are often limited to experiencing amazing life opportunities. We want to expose our students to the endless possibilities of the world. Our station believes that taking children to countries with different ethnic backgrounds will immerse them into the cultural diversity that is prevalent in our world. What we are asking for, is your participation to enable these young individuals to experience a trip that will motivate them to better our world. 

Our well deserving students are Sarai Antoine, Brandan Louis, and K’andra Pope, who are part of the 98.5 The Wire Mentoring program. Brandan & K’andra are Senior Honor Roll students at Evans High School. Sarai is a 2018 Graduate of Evans High School and is currently attending Valencia College. All students are first generation, meaning that they are going to be the first of their family to attend college. These kids will travel to Hong Kong and Guangzhou, China where they will visit factories and learn more about The Asian Culture. The Asian culture is completely different from the Afro-Caribbean culture that these students were born into. Hence, giving them the opportunity to dive into contrasting traditions will revolutionize the way that they look and think about the world. 

Hong Kong, China

Hong Kong has the largest number of skyscrapers in the world. Hong Kong ranks seventh on the UN Human Development Index and has the longest life expectancy in the world.

Guangzhou, China-Feb. 29, 2016: Skyline of the central business district of Guangzhou city.

Guangzhou is recognized as one of China’s most prosperous, liberal, and cosmopolitan cities. It is also known as the International Trading Hub.  According to the 2010 census, it has a population of 12.7 million, making it the third largest city in China after Shanghai and Beijing.

Last year, we were able to raise enough funds and send 7 of our mentees to Ghana, Africa. We have seen how much this trip alone has changed the mindset of our students.  Our students were able to learn about African diaspora and rich culture embedded into the Ghanaians.   The Kids are Leaving Orlando on January 31 and will return back on February 6.

If you would like to donate to this cause, you can make 100% tax-deductible donation via PayPal at PayPal.me/thewire985 or via our GoFundMe Page. Thanks for your contributions.

WHPB 98.5 THE WIRE is owned and operated by WHPB INC a Florida 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
Our mission is to educate the urban community about issues that affect their well being, utilizing all available resources to the best of our ability. 

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