MTP Offers Platform for Millennial Innovators

Jan. 12, 2016

On Jan. 11, the Millennial Trains Project announced that The Rockefeller Foundation is coming on board as a major supporter of its August 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.

MTP’s 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, Chicago, Kansas City, Albuquerque, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, Milwaukee and Detroit.

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 15.

“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.”