Proving that “Travel Changes You,” New Crowdsourcing Effort Publishes Inspiring Youth Travel Stories

Nonprofit organization Trip of a Lifetime unveils the innovative #travelchangesyou campaign, while preparing to send a new group of 15 underprivileged students on free summer 2014 travel adventures.

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Trip of a Lifetime founder, Stan Rosenberg (center) with some of our student travelers.

We’ve committed ourselves to the idea that youth travel opens minds and changes lives. Everyone has been touched by a journey in their life. We’re sharing those stories for their own sake.

Scarsdale, NY (PRWEB) May 07, 2014

Advancing the idea that positive travel experiences transform young lives, nonprofit organization Trip of a Lifetime has introduced the new crowdsourcing campaign, "Travel Changes You." The group is reaching out to any and all who were profoundly affected by a travel experience - particularly in their youth - and asking people to submit their inspiring personal stories at http://www.projecttoal.org.

People from all walks of life are now submitting moving travel tales at the Trip of a Lifetime website. Stories are published at http://www.projecttoal.org, then shared as posts on major social media sites using the hashtag #travelchangesyou. The organization is issuing an open invitation for absolutely anyone to visit the website and submit their personal travel story today.

“There is immense power in our individual travel stories, and in how we grew from those experiences," said Trip of a Lifetime Founder and Executive Director, Stan Rosenberg. "We’ve committed ourselves to the idea that youth travel opens minds and changes lives. Everyone has been touched by a journey in their life. We’re sharing those stories for their own sake.”

The new campaign is being introduced just as Trip of a Lifetime has selected 15 remarkable high school students to travel during summer 2014, from a record number of applicants. These incredible kids will be profiled in coming weeks. Read about some of the accomplishments of our alumni at the Trip of a Lifetime blog.

Since 2008, the organization has sent 31 deserving students on enriching summer travel adventures, using funds donated by a diverse group of businesses and individuals. In 2014, Trip of a Lifetime’s annual essay competition received entries from nearly 50 students between 8th and 12th grade. Applicants came from 30 high schools in the Greater New York area encompassing all five boroughs (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx, Queens, Staten Island), with many submissions coming from other areas in the region.

More than half of Trip of a Lifetime’s 2014 essays came from students in Title I schools. The U.S Department of Educations defines Title I as ensuring that “…all children have a fair, equal, and significant opportunity to obtain a high-quality education and reach, at a minimum, proficiency on challenging State academic achievement standards and state academic assessments.”

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Trip of a Lifetime is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that annually awards free summer travel experiences to underprivileged students to build confidence, enhance social skills, and inspire young minds. For more information please visit http://www.projecttoal.org or contact Executive Director Stan Rosenberg at 914-874-1051 (srosenberg(at)projecttoal(dot)org).


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