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AirSpace Minnesota Go Boldly Ambassador Brad Johnson actively involved in volunteerism


C.M. Swanson

Brad Johnson, Strategic Account Executive at The Nerdery volunteers at an AirSpace Minnesota booth during an aviation event.

Brad Johnson, Strategic Account Executive at The Nerdery, a custom software design and development company based in Bloomington, activates his belief in the value of involving youth in aviation by volunteering with AirSpace Minnesota.

"I had been looking for a way to get involved in promoting aviation to youth," said Johnson, a Go Boldly Ambassador with AirSpace Minnesota's Hub Leader program. "Unless we get youth excited and get them to understand the opportunities that exist in aviation, there's no future for it, whether it's general aviation, commercial, or even aviation related industries."

AirSpace Minnesota is a nonprofit organization formed by a group of business, industry, education, and history leaders committed to helping a new generation of learners gain the dreams, skills, and confidence to navigate a brighter future for themselves and our communities. Full details at http://www.airspacemn.org

As a Go Boldly Ambassador, Johnson encourages individuals, groups, and organizations to look into the opportunities available in aviation.

"Hub leaders help people understand how they can connect, and help promote the future of aviation," said Johnson. "There are exciting possibilities that exist in aviation for people. A person's interest may be in becoming a pilot, an aerospace engineer, a communications specialist, or maybe someone is really talented working with tooling so they want to become a mechanic. There are so many ways to contribute in aviation. We just want to show young people that all these opportunities actually exist."

When life is so busy for so many people, how does Johnson find time to volunteer?

"It's like anything else," said Johnson, "you make time for things that are important to you. I find when I have down time between other activities, there's little things I can do throughout the week, whether it's a phone call or an email, or today for example, dedicating a whole day to reaching out to people at this aviation event.

"The thing is, what AirSpace Minnesota is doing important, and it's urgent. I see this program as an excellent outlet for a volunteer activity that will make a difference."


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