The Life This Road Trip Changes Could Be Yours

Roadtrip Nation announces its upcoming 'TEACH'-inspired trip on 'TakePart Live.'
Mar 18, 2014·
TakePart Staff

Ever get tired of reading about everyone else's epic experiences in your Facebook feed? With so much going on in the world, it's hard not to wonder when your moment will come. Well, maybe it's here.

Last night TakePart Live hosted Mike Marriner, cofounder of Roadtrip Nation, which helps students plan road trips to interview accomplished people about how they came to do what they love. Marriner was there to announce a trip he's organizing, inspired by our documentary TEACH, for college-age kids who are curious about careers in education, and you can apply right now to be a part of it.

Three applicants will be chosen to drive together cross-country in a Roadtrip Nation RV to meet with master teachers and other change makers, policy creators, and visionaries who are affecting the world of education.

On the show, Marriner tells host Jacob Soboroff why he wanted to make this TEACH trip happen. "First of all," he says, "we're involved in education, obviously, with our curriculum. But when we took a good look at our content archive we actually didn't have a lot of teachers in the database."

Stanford University's School of Education is studying Roadtrip Nation's school curriculum that includes field trips, where disadvantaged kids interview community leaders about what steps they took to get where they are. "It's really about something much more deep than being exposed to what careers are out there," Marriner told TakePart in our offices yesterday before the show. "It's really about building the confidence and efficacy and a sense of hope of what's possible for your future and taking a much more aspirational approach."

Now in its 12th year, Roadtrip Nation has built a database of 3,500 video interviews with inspiring professionals, which are used by 6,400 schools to help kids figure out how to find meaningful careers—like teaching.

"That was the aha moment and the perfect collaboration point," Marriner said. "Let's do a TEACH road trip where we go across America and find people who are interested in teaching to interview people in the teaching profession and chronicle their stories and really learn the paths that they've taken to get where they are today."

This article was created as part of the social action campaign for the documentary TEACH, produced by TakePart's parent company, Participant Media, in partnership with Bill and Melinda Gates.