The Opportunity Youth Roadtrip


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Follow the journeys of Michael, Ryan, and Summer--three young people who are part of the 5.6 million youth in America currently out of work, out of school, and struggling with challenges as extreme as homelessness. As they travel the country in Roadtrip Nation’s green RV, they meet people who’ve been in their shoes—people who show them it’s possible to not only rise above adversity, but harness it for success.


INSIGHTS FROM THE FILM

Leader Chris Gardener

“Recognize the power that you have. You are more powerful than you know.”

Antonio French, City Alderman, St. Louis, Missouri's 21st Ward

Leader Chris Gardener

“Get people to stand in awe of what you've carried, rather than standing in judgment of how you carried it.”

Father Greg Boyle, Founder/Director, Homeboy Industries

Leader Chris Gardener

“Go to where the love is.”

Jill Weiss-Ippolito, Founder/Director, UpRising Yoga

Leader Chris Gardener

“Don't set the bar at 'perfection.' Perfection means getting to where you want to be, not to where everyone else says you should be.”

Jes Ward, Executive Director, CityWILD

Leader Chris Gardener

“People are going to be looking for you to bend, to break. But are you going to give them what they're looking for? Or are you going to continue to fight forward?”

Pernell Bush, Fellow, The Mission Continues

Leader Chris Gardener

“We all come from some place that we didn't necessarily choose. But we can choose where we're going.”

Chris Gardner, Author, The Pursuit of Happyness


The Opportunity Youth Roadtrip

5.6 million young people are out of work and out of school. We’re giving them a vehicle to explore their potential—pun intended.

This summer, three out of work and out of school youth will climb aboard Roadtrip Nation’s RV and travel across the country to interview inspiring individuals who have also struggled with adversity and overcome it to build fulfilling lives and careers. We’ll film the experience and feature it in a documentary to give young people the tools to see—and start pursuing—the possibilities.

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RYAN BATES

Age 20
From Patterson, CA

Ryan Bates hasn’t had it easy. Raised in a crime-ridden neighborhood, he has at times found himself down and out, hopping from couch to couch. Struggle has been ever-present, but it has also fueled his tremendous drive. Determined to care for his family and find a path he’s passionate about, Ryan tries to ignore the messages that tell him he won’t succeed and instead focuses on creative outlets like rapping and working hard at his job. He aspires to uplift his community in some way, and believes the opportunity to travel and meet mentors from similar backgrounds will open him up to a whole new world of possibility.

SUMMER FREE

Age 20
From Thousand Palms, CA

Summer Free has been looking for a support system her whole life. Raised in a foster care environment without a defined sense of family to guide her, she knows what it’s like to feel alone in the world, and dreams of becoming a crisis counselor to help others who face similar challenges. The kind of mentorship she wants to provide has been a life vest in her own life: she credits teachers and mentors as pillars who helped her find the strength to see her own potential. She’s determined not to let her circumstances dictate who she can be, and sees this road trip as a chance to stretch her borders, explore who she is, and develop the confidence needed to follow her aspirations.

MICHAEL PERDOMO

Age 24
From Schenectady, NY

Michael Perdomo experienced persistent hardship from an early age that pushed him to desperate measures, tested his resilience—and ultimately shaped him into the youth advocate he is today. Raised in a poverty-stricken neighborhood, by age 12 he found himself involved in gang life to get by. He had dropped out of high school and finished a stint in a juvenile detention center when he resolved to turn his life around. A program called YouthBuild Schenectady gave him the support he needed to awaken his potential, and today Michael is a strong leader who guides others battling similar adversity. He hopes this road trip will give him the wisdom and experiences to further develop his purpose and share his story with others.

HOME SWEET HOME

CARL the RV

QUICK STATS

DOB..................2004

# OF ROADTRIPS..............2

# OF ROADTRIPS......................2

MILES....................106,362

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STOPS & INTERVIEWS

STOPS
INTERVIEWS
Los Angeles, CA
July 1

Father Greg

Founder

David Andrade

Solar Panel Training and Certification Program Coordinator

Misty Reynolds

Lt. Sherriff

Jill Weiss-Ippolito

Founding Director

Gary Vitti

Head Athletic Trainer

Denver, CO
July 6

Jes Ward

Excecutive Director

St. Louis, MO
July 10

Luis Padilla

Director of Animal Health

Antonio French

Alderman

Chicago, IL
July 15

Pernell Bush

Mission Continues Fellow

Todd Belcore

Lawyer

Chris Gardner

Entrepreneur/Author

New York City, NY
July 22

Jennifer Lawrence

Program Director

Elizabeth Clay Roy

Chief Strategy Officer

Lydia Joyner

Speaker/Writer/Filmmaker

Arel Moodie

Speaker/Author/Entreprenuer

STOPS & INTERVIEWS

Los Angeles, CA
July 1

Father Greg

Founder

David Andrade

Solar Panel Training and Certification Program Coordinator

Misty Reynolds

Lt. Sherriff

Jill Weiss-Ippolito

Founding Director

Gary Vitti

Head Athletic Trainer


Denver, CO
July 6

Jes Ward

Excecutive Director


St. Louis, MO
July 10

Luis Padilla

Director of Animal Health

Antonio French

Alderman


Chicago, IL
July 15

Pernell Bush

Mission Continues Fellow

Todd Belcore

Lawyer

Chris Gardner

Entrepreneur/Author


New York City, NY
July 22

Jennifer Lawrence

Program Director

Elizabeth Clay Roy

Chief Strategy Officer

Lydia Joyner

Speaker/Writer/Filmmaker

Arel Moodie

Speaker/Author/Entreprenuer

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