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Millennial Trains Project Offers Platform for Millennial Innovators to Explore New Frontiers with Support from The Rockefeller Foundation

August 2016 train journeys will explore themes of resilience and inclusivity in communities across America

NEW YORK—Today, the Millennial Trains Project announced that The Rockefeller Foundation is coming on board as a major supporter of its August 2016 trans-continental train journeys for young innovators, which will support the development of next-generation, entrepreneurial leaders who share the Foundation’s desire to improve resilience and inclusivity in communities across America.

The Millennial Trains Project (MTP) is an award-winning non-profit that leads crowd-funded transcontinental train journeys for diverse groups of young innovators to explore America’s new frontiers, grow as leaders, and launch projects that benefit, serve, and inspire their communities.

In addition to The Rockefeller Foundation, MTP is supported by Comcast NBCUniversal, its lead partner since 2014, which helps to expand the reach, diversity and impact of MTP community by providing fellowships for select participants and challenge grants for MTP participants to continue their project post journey. Other major supporters include: the U.S. Department of State, IDEO and City Year.

MTP’s 2016 journeys, for which applications are now open, will provide pioneering Millennials with the opportunity to advance entrepreneurial, creative, and civic-minded projects in collaboration with local stakeholders across the following communities: Pittsburgh, PA; Chicago, IL; Kansas City, MO; Albuquerque, NM; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; Milwaukee, WI; and Detroit, MI.

Traveling via a caravan of vintage railcars that will serve as their mobile campus and ideas lab, participants will benefit from the mentorship of distinguished on-train mentors and roundtables with local leaders focused on the themes of resilience and inclusivity, as well as leadership development, coalition-building, and design thinking.

To get on board, applicants must crowdfund support for their journey by April 15th.

“The purpose of our journeys is to help next-generation leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds explore new frontiers and move our country forward,” said Patrick Dowd, CEO of the Millennial Trains Project, “Resilience and inclusivity are Millennial values, and we are grateful to have The Rockefeller Foundation as such a major supporter of our generation’s collective journey toward a more resilient and inclusive future.”

“The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to support America’s next generation of leaders and changemakers as they embark on a journey to learn how to build more resilient, inclusive communities across the country,” said Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “The Millennial Trains Project can help young Americans dig into the challenges that exist in this country and explore solutions. In doing so they will be well equipped to serve and inspire their own communities.”

NEW YORK—Today, the Millennial Trains Project announced that The Rockefeller Foundation is coming on board as a major supporter of its August 2016 trans-continental train journeys for young innovators, which will support the development of next-generation, entrepreneurial leaders who share the Foundation’s desire to improve resilience and inclusivity in communities across America.

The Millennial Trains Project (MTP) is an award-winning non-profit that leads crowd-funded transcontinental train journeys for diverse groups of young innovators to explore America’s new frontiers, grow as leaders, and launch projects that benefit, serve, and inspire their communities. In addition to The Rockefeller Foundation, MTP is supported by Comcast NBCUniversal, the U.S. Department of State, IDEO, and City Year.

MTP’s 2016 journeys, for which applications are now open, will provide pioneering Millennials with the opportunity to advance entrepreneurial, creative, and civic-minded projects in collaboration with local stakeholders across the following communities: Pittsburgh, PA; Chicago, IL; Kansas City, MO; Albuquerque, NM; Los Angeles, CA; San Francisco, CA; Denver, CO; Milwaukee, WI; and Detroit, MI.

Traveling via a caravan of vintage railcars that will serve as their mobile campus and ideas lab, participants will benefit from the mentorship of distinguished on-train mentors and roundtables with local leaders focused on the themes of resilience and inclusivity, as well as leadership development, coalition-building, and design thinking.

To get on board, applicants must crowdfund support for their journey by April 15th.

“The purpose of our journeys is to help next-generation leaders from a wide variety of backgrounds explore new frontiers and move our country forward,” said Patrick Dowd, CEO of the Millennial Trains Project, “Resilience and inclusivity are Millennial values, and we are grateful to have The Rockefeller Foundation as such a major supporter of our generation’s collective journey toward a more resilient and inclusive future.”

“The Rockefeller Foundation is proud to support America’s next generation of leaders and changemakers as they embark on a journey to learn how to build more resilient, inclusive communities across the country,” said Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Foundation. “The Millennial Trains Project can help young Americans dig into the challenges that exist in this country and explore solutions. In doing so they will be well equipped to serve and inspire their own communities.”

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