Many of us have dreamed about launching a business , project, or initiative that could change our communities (or the world). Many of us have also dreamed about taking an epic trip across the country. And if you happen to fall into both camps—well, today is your lucky day.
The Millennial Trains Project , launched last year, is a 10-day train ride-meets-startup incubator that helps ambitious Gen Y-ers nationwide launch their pet projects. Starting in Portland, Oregon, and stopping in Seattle, Whitefish (MT), St. Paul, Milwaukee, and Detroit before ending its journey in New York, the program gives participants six hours in each city to explore the community, meet with people, and start bringing their ideas to life (plus lots of on-board support and time to work). As the website explains, “This is your opportunity to explore whatever you consider to be your own personal frontier across multiple regions of the United States.”
While there are plenty of programs out there that’ll help you launch your idea, we love this one because it’s short (no need to quit your job for a 10-day trip), it pulls together people of super-diverse interests (participants focus on everything from art to education to emergency planning), and, well, it’s on a train, which is bound to be a good time.
Inspired yet? Applications for this year’s trek are due July 1. Besides being a Millennial (age 18-34), you’ll need an idea for a project “that benefits, serves, and inspires others” and to fundraise $5,000 (to pay for expenses and show that your idea has legs) in order to apply.
Ready to get started? Here are a few next steps:
Get inspired by last year’s participants , who did everything from researching education access to boosting young adults’ financial literacy to launching the “Joy Project,” which explores what it means to flourish and take risks to pursue a career you love.
Check out our tips for launching an amazing Kickstarter campaign to help you get closer to your fundraising goal.
Watch this video to learn more about the program (and see some seriously awesome scenery along the way).
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