In 2016 Sgt. Tony Reid, was a corrections officer at Rikers Island, a jail in New York City, working with incarcerated adolescents 16 to 18 years old. For 8 long years, he witnessed first-hand the plight of young men of color who became the casualties of an environment of poverty, crime, and violence. Many bright young men became ensnared in a life cycle of neglect, drugs, and crime; spending their time either on the street or behind bars. Either place could lead to dangerously grave consequences.
He began to imagine a way out for these young people and decided he wanted to do something to break the chain.
Drone Cadets is dedicated to fostering global empowerment for underserved communities through the provision of accessible Drone STEM education. Our mission centers on promoting workforce diversity and creating equal opportunities by breaking down barriers and building a more inclusive future in the rapidly evolving drone industry.
Our vision is to champion a diverse and inclusive workforce by cultivating a culture of opportunity and growth for all, made possible through exceptional drone education and comprehensive training programs.