The inaugural Millennial Train journey has officially wrapped up. We are all excited to sleep in our own beds, but our passengers are also energized around the great ideas and leadership skills developed on this trip.
We created the Millennial Trains Project because we know that journeys build leaders. This 10-day journey certainly did this for our passengers. Each one has demonstrated incredible growth during the journey, and we cannot wait to see what they produce as a result.
As National Geographic Travel Editor Keith Bellows said during his on-train mentor session, “Millennials are the ‘could be’ generation.” We are about possibility, about the next opportunity, and we have the power to make significant change. All of you helped give us this opportunity.
We want to say a big thank you to our passengers for being so engaged during the ride, for your late-night conversations and music sessions, for respecting one another, and for kicking off the inaugural Millennial Train journey with so much enthusiasm, dedication, and a real commitment to igniting change across the country.
Thank you to the over 1,000 people who contributed to each passenger project, giving them the opportunity to jump on board this train. We hope you will stay engaged with each passenger as they pursue their passions.
Thank you to the incredible mentors who joined us on the train, providing some of the most useful advice about entrepreneurship, innovation, philanthropy, and community-building. This includes: Eric Kessler, Mike Zuckerman, Travis Price, Denielle Sachs, Daniela Arredondo, Kent Ford, Michael Oreskes, Jeff Selingo, Keith Bellows, Alyssa Lovegrove, Rhett Weiss, and Jonathon Perrelli.
Thank you to our amazing chefs, Sam Crocker and John Mitch, who prepared some of the most amazing meals, despite cooking on a moving train. From lamb burgers with beet yogurt, to roasted cauliflower, to steak and corn soup, their food was one of the most discussed features of the train journey.
Thank you to our incredible sponsors who made this journey possible. Dr. Max Klau and City Year: thank you for your partnership to create the Pioneer’s Journey leadership development curriculum. It yielded some intense, in-depth conversations that helped us uncover more about our project – and more importantly about ourselves.
Thank you to Amtrak and the railroads that allowed us to travel on their tracks, especially Norfolk Southern, which really went above and beyond to help us pull off our stop in Pittsburgh.
Thank you to LARAIL.com, the group from which we chartered our equipment, for being a totally transparent, responsible, and hospitable partner.
Thank you to Bombardier for supporting our idea and making it possible for millennials to experience the transformative power of rail travel. Thank you for joining us in San Francisco and Chicago, and providing speakers that helped our group envision the future of transit.
Thank you to the UN Foundation for all of your support, from providing mentors for our journey to helping tell the story of inspiring millennials to more people.
Thank you to the S&R Foundation, whose commitment to innovation and sustainable forms of transportation played a critical role in helping us to achieve the milestone success of our inaugural journey.
Thank you to our other amazing partners, including, National Geographic Traveler, McKinsey & Company, American Sustainable Business Council, National Association of Railroad Passengers, Hotel Tonight, GMMB , The Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery, Startup America, Covington & Burling, Something Independent, Opportunity Nation, The Mission Continues, Think Impact, and Motion Computing.
Thank you to everyone in each community who offered us a place to work and community connections, and who welcomed us with open arms. From tickets to the Colorado Rockies game, to wine and beer, to hosting amazing evening events, we are humbled by your support.
And finally, thank you to everyone who followed along, and to those who will join us in the future. We are so excited to continue to explore the roots of America to find new ways for us to move forward and improve our communities.