A West Facet grandmother is exposing children to a aspect of the town they’ve by no means seen earlier than.  

“Lots of these younger children, they’ve by no means been off the block, not to mention consider going someplace like that,” mentioned Crystal Dyer of her area journeys with at-risk youth.  

The journey agent, who additionally owns a journey retailer, based Chicago Austin Youth Journey Adventures or CAYTA six years in the past.  

“As a younger child I needed to be an archeologist.  I all the time joke, properly journey agent, I assume it is not too removed from that.”  

Her mission started with the surprising loss of life of her grandson.  

He was shot and killed at 18 in Chicago.  


She targeted on how she might change the course of the lads who dedicated the crime.  

Since journey altered her life, she knew it might have modified theirs as properly.  

She began easy, she says, loading neighborhood children up in her automotive and taking them to cultural facilities and sporting occasions.  

Osheanna Tyler-Hudson simply joined the group. 

“I wish to be a pilot, so I can journey around the globe, so I can see new locations,” mentioned Tyler-Hudson of her newfound dream.  

Imani Rhodes participated whereas she was in highschool, now she volunteers.  

“I’ve visited 4 completely different international locations since becoming a member of CAYTA, I’ve my passport, I understand how to e-book journeys, cruises, journey is a giant a part of my life now,” she mentioned.  

For almost all of the excursions, Dyer has used her personal cash.  

Then, a pair years in the past, she bought the thought to take a gaggle of youngsters to Ghana, Africa.   

She simply wrapped up a second journey to the continent, with one other group of youngsters final month.  

“If you assume you have bought it unhealthy, proper, and then you definately go to a rustic the place all people seems such as you, and also you see they do not see that they’ve it unhealthy.  They really feel hope each day, working each day to make their lives higher,” Dyer mentioned of the individuals they met.  

CATYA individuals have gone on to legislation faculty, joined a commerce union and obtained completed levels.  

“To see it of their eyes.  They usually say it, they are saying Miss Crystal we love you, with out you, I do not know the place I might have went,” Dyer mentioned.  

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