WHEELING, W.Va. (WTRF) — The YWCA of Wheeling is offering students and faculty from local high schools to participate in a 4-day trip to Atlanta to tour four different Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

For no cost, students and faculty from local high schools are invited to join the YWCA of Wheeling to explore what Historically Black Colleges and Universities in Atlanta have to offer. 

The trip is free for anyone to attend thanks to funding from the The Hess Foundation, Ohio County Schools, and the Communities of Color grant awarded through the Benedum Foundation.

The main purpose of the trip is to show students that there are endless opportunities regardless of ethnicity, race, or social background to pursue outside of the Ohio Valley.

The Cultural Diversity and Community Outreach Director for the YWCA says the trip will be one that will provide a new perspective for anyone who attends. 

”We set up full school visits, like they’re going to take us through tours, we’re going to see classrooms, dorms, we’re going to see the whole experience. That’s why I think the whole four days of it is going to be really nice. We’re going to try to fill it with as much information as we can and as much experiences as we can. It’s one of the more inclusive events that we have cause we want to invite everyone to see what these HBCU’s have to offer.”RON SCOTT JR. – CULTURAL DIVERSITY AND COMMUNITY OUTREACH DIRECTOR, YWCA WHEELING

There are 30 spots for students and 20 spots for faculty on the trip. The trip will be from March 25 to March 28.