Our 10-day journeys are a transformational experience for all involved. Participants grow as leaders, add to their entrepreneurial and design skill sets, and co-create new ideas with fellow riders. As we pass through different states, terrains and cities, we gain a new-found understanding of the country and its boundless potential. And we help others see it too, by showcasing innovations at local hubs and advancing creative projects in the localities where our train stops. Over the course of 3,000 miles, we become better leaders, thinkers and doers – and, through multi-media storytelling, inspire others to do the same.
JOURNEYS THAT BUILD LEADERS
JULIA RHEE | STORYTELLER
The Counter Generation
Julia Rhee, the daughter of first generation immigrant entrepreneurs used her MTP journey to document and share the experience of small business owners and immigrant communities across America.
Julia shared her findings through a blog and connected with on-train mentors from the US Small Business Administration. She is in the process of presenting the SBA with a strategy for helping to invigorate immigrant-led business communities.
MATTHEW STEPP | POLICY MAKER
Energy Innovation Across America
Matthew is an energy policy analyst who used the MTP journey to meet with local energy innovators and tour national energy laboratories.
Matthew started Center for Clean Energy Innovation - a non-profit after MTP and authored congressional legislation based on insights gained from journey.
CAMERON HARDESTY | POET
White House speech writer, Cameron, used the MTP journey to explore her passion for poetry; builds & photographs public poetry installations in each city.
Cameron displayed her work at gallery show and strengthened her personal identity as an artist.
NATE CONROY | SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR
Nate from Milwaukee met with school boards in each MTP destination to pitch education technology start up product.
Nate sold his technology product to the Minneapolis education district and won his first customer his outside hometown.
JOURNEYS THAT CHANGE LIVES
"Each city we visited made the journey that much more unique and special. I felt like part of a community and network that believes in the vision of this generation.
"There is something incredible about being on a train with 23 other people who are actively pursuing what they are passionate about simultaneously. The vibrancy of that feeling is so difficult to explain. There's nothing else like it."
"This trip isn't about getting an A on a test, it's about honing your internal creativity and zeal for the future."
"I loved it all. Whether it was gazing out of the dome into the corn fields or watching the Chicago skyline as we entered the rail yards, or Pioneer Journey Sessions for self-reflection, everything was excellent."
"I learned that the Millennial Generation is providing hope."
"The entire trip puts you in a place where you don't forget any moment of it."
"I learned to not be afraid to have big ideas."
"You get a chance to feel the weight of the journey by constantly reflecting on what has come before and what will come after."
“I learned that innovation is all about connections."
"MTP has an architectural envelope: there's the inside, the mechanics, the winding gears, the elbow grease -- and there's the outward facing dimension: 20th century American rail innovation that reminds us innovation is as old as humanity."
"It rejuvenated me and reawakened a real interest in developing my own art."
"We created a community that valued creativity, curiosity, collaboration, and introspection. We challenged each other to push our ideas further."
"At the beginning, I thought it was all about projects, but it evolved as we were on the train."
"The Millennial Trains Project is a group of aggressively, impatiently optimistic young people coming together."
"MTP is a 2-week long think tank on rails. It brings together Millennials and mentors, providing a unique opportunity for personal development and shared discovery."
"It's a good time to ponder some big picture questions and think about what kind of legacy we want to leave behind."
"This train is like a trail-blazer creating a fire across the whole country."
"I learned a lot about myself as an artist and the value of what I do for a living."
"You really take a reflective journey as you go on this physical journey."
"I learned a lot about America. I've been inspired by the beauty of this country, the determination of everyone on the train, and the people I've met along the way."
"What I thought would be a cool trip across the U.S. by train was so much more. [It] was an incredible way to learn about the intersection of innovation, community spaces, entrepreneurship and philanthropy."
"Being able to experience the breadth of the country from the dome car was something not to be missed!"
"Our generation is going to accomplish a lot more than people think."