Millennial Trains Project is a non-profit that fills old trains with young people and sends them on a 10 day – 6 city cross-country bender. The idea was born a few years ago when founder Patrick Dowd went on a similar train trip in India, and had a ‘WHY DON’T WE HAVE THIS IN THE U.S.’ moment. He started MTP in 2010, and has been organizing these train trips ever since.
By day, participants hop off the train to explore cities, meet locals, and work on individual projects that tackle art, music, religion, poverty, renewable energy, education, immigration, and emerging tech. By night they bunk in a 1955 California Zephyr – a sleeper car outfitted with porter stools, shoe shine lockers and razor blade deposit boxes. MTP also invites mentors to board the train, travel with the group, share their work, support their projects, and generally hang out. Ever wanted to hear a National Geographic writer tell crazy stories about Siberian gangsters at 2am? Grill a member of the State Department while crossing the Cascades? Make music ON A TRAIN? Now’s your chance. Come up with an idea for a project and apply!
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