Our mission is to impact lives and empower communities through fitness, financial literacy, mentoring and life skills. Take Flight programs promote enhanced health and wellness, mental, physical and emotional well-being. Take Flight is a community-based, youth development and family support program focused on helping youth develop the skills to succeed in life.
Since 2009, Take Flight Inc. has provided services for children, youth and families throughout the Washington D.C, Maryland, and Virginia areas. Our services are centered around health and wellness, mental, physical and emotional well-being. Understanding the connection between physical, mental, and emotional health on our everyday lives. Two everyday challenges being finances and health, which is why our programs are focused around helping and supporting children, youth and families.
Take Flight Fit
We also work with athletes through our Take Flight Fit Programs, which specialize in improving strength, speed, and explosiveness. Our specialized training has helped athletes earn Division 1 athletic scholarships and others reach the professional level. Through applied training and science, all of our clients go through a detailed assessment. From there a custom-tailored corrective and training program is designed. We work with athletes to ensure they reach their full performance potential in sport and life.
August 2009 – The organization was founded with an initial focus geared toward assisting low income families with financial education, workforce development and life skills.
June 2011 – Partnered with MD Choices and DC Choices to support youth with significant behavioral, educational and emotional challenges.
April 2012 – Partnered with Wraparound Maryland to provide services to youth and their families using the wraparound principles.
September 2014 – Working in partnership with Collaboration Council and Excel Beyond the Bell providing After-School Program in Montgomery County Schools.
March 2015 – Partnered with YMCA to provide services to families and youth in the Greater Washington DC area.
Spring 2016 – Expanded Athletic Performance and Personal Training services throughout the Washington DC Metropolitan Area.
September 2018 – Working in partnership with Montgomery County Recreation to provide After-School Programs in Montgomery County Schools.
The Man Behind Take Flight
Paul Williams is no stranger to sports and fitness training. As a certified personal trainer and a former D1 athlete, Paul knows firsthand the hard work that goes into keeping your body and mind right for competition and life.
In high school, Paul was a dual athlete, playing varsity basketball and running track and field. During his junior year, he won a state championship in track and field. He went on to attend St. Francis University in Loretto, PA as a D1 athlete on scholarship. Later, he attended University of Maryland University College and received his MBA in finance.
Later, he coached track and field at Thomas Wootton HS in Rockville, MD. Paul has also coached First Team All-Gazette athletes including Urgy Eado, Alan Banks, Gwen Shaw, Josh Trzeciak, and Sylvia Deppen.
Paul’s certifications include:
- Certified Personal Trainer – ACE Fitness
- USA Track and Field (USATF) Level 1 Coaching Certified
- ACE Athletic for Sport and Life Certified (Sports Performance)
- ACE Finding Nutrition Specialist Certified
- The Biomechanics Method Certified
- CPR and First Aid Certified