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Learn more about the impacts for participants in Roadtrip Nation programs, from road trip experiences to our project-based course and career exploration tools.

Core Outcomes for Students & Career Seekers

To celebrate 20 years, we evaluated two decades of independent, third-party studies and data analyses to map the six core outcomes that stand out across Roadtrip Nation career experiences and programs.

  1. Career EngagementParticipants developed a greater awareness of career possibilities and pathways, and this translated into increased goal-setting and knowledge about how to explore and pursue their career interests.

  2. ConfidenceConfidence, motivation, and sense of agency grew as participants gained a greater sense of their own interests and encountered stories of people from similar backgrounds and experiences.

  3. Education RelevanceWidening the lens of possible careers helped participants feel that school is relevant to their lives and who they want to be—now and in the future, which resulted in improved academic performance.

  4. Skill DevelopmentParticipants developed critical 21st century skills—adaptability, problem-solving, communication, collaboration, and more—which will be extremely valuable as they prepare for an unpredictable future of work.

  5. Social CapitalParticipants developed relationships with mentors and supporters—and felt empowered to continue making connections. This can be especially impactful because opportunities to develop social capital can increase access to resources blocked by systemic barriers.

  6. Well-BeingParticipants in Roadtrip Nation programs reported a greater sense of purpose and comfort with who they are. Their experiences positively impacted their mental health and gave them more hope for the future.

Impact Reports

2021 Impact Report

Purpose Driven: Outcomes & Core Learnings from 20 Years of Roadtrip Nation

What outcomes do we see when we put learners at the center of career exploration that supports their interests, values, strengths, and goals? In this report, we evaluated findings across several independent, third-party studies and data analyses to identify outcomes that have remained constant across Roadtrip Nation’s different story-driven offerings over two decades. Participants in Roadtrip Nation programs reported increased career engagement, confidence, education relevance, skill development, social capital, and well-being.

View the 2021 Report

Report Highlights

Centering career conversations drives better education and career outcomes for participants in Roadtrip Nation programs

  • 16% increase in students who know the knowledge and skills they need for their career pathAfter using Career Finder™, the career exploration tool that Roadtrip Nation built in partnership with the College Board, students reported greater knowledge of specific career paths, and what it would take to achieve them. Similarly, in the Roadtrip Nation Experience course, there was a 21% increase in students who said they know the actions they must take to meet their career goals.

  • 65% of students said they improved their communication skills with adultsThe project-based Roadtrip Nation Experience course helped students improve communication and collaboration skills that will support them in a changing future of work. Students reported improvements in communication skills with peers (63%), ability to present their ideas clearly (59%), ability to understand others' points of view (64%), and ability to feel comfortable in new situations (58%).

  • 9 out of 10 roadtrippers feel motivated to make things happen for themselvesAfter their road trip, roadtrippers reported a greater sense of agency and motivation in their own lives. This finding was also true for learners who completed the Roadtrip Nation Experience course, which is modeled on the road trip experience of interviewing someone in an interesting career. There was an 18% increase in students who felt empowered to make things happen for themselves.

2020 Impact Report

Measuring Our Impact: 2020 Roadtrip Nation Impact Report

In this retrospective report, we surveyed more than 100 roadtrippers who have taken part in Roadtrip Nation's road trip experiences. We wanted to understand how the road trip and the interviews they participated in impacted their career paths, self-perception, and well-being. There were four key findings: after the road trip, roadtrippers were more engaged in their work, had increased social capital, improved well-being, and growth in self-perception.

79% now know role models and mentors

Roadtrippers and learners who engage in Roadtrip Nation programs grew their networks and connections, and practiced skills that will continue empowering them to build relationships that support their future success.

One roadtripper reported, "The most valuable aspect of the road trip was meeting leaders that became future mentors.” After their road trip experience, 79% of roadtrippers agreed that they now know role models and mentors they can look to for guidance and support.

In the Roadtrip Nation Experience course, there was a 24% increase in students who agreed that they have the ability to seek out role models and network. That number increased to 34% for Latino and Hispanic students.

69% now feel their education is relevant to their life

After taking the Roadtrip Nation course, 69% of students reported that the experience helped them view their education as relevant to their life. This finding also translated into improvements in students’ actual performance. Roadtrip Nation students not only had a higher GPA than their peers—the average GPA of students participating in Roadtrip Nation increased from 2.35 to 2.75 compared to 2.4 to 2.6 for students who did not participate—but they also demonstrated greater academic improvement by a factor of 2.

92% report that their work is engaging

After the road trip, 92% of roadtrippers report that their job gives them the opportunity to do work they find engaging. As a benchmark, in 2021, Gallup found that the percentage of “engaged” workers in the U.S.—those who are highly involved in, enthusiastic about, and committed to their work and workplace—reached an all-time high of 36% since Gallup began tracking the metric in 2000.

In addition, 96% of roadtrippers say the road trip had a positive impact on their sense of purpose, 84% of roadtrippers agree that their job is closely aligned to their interests, and 70% reported that their work is personally rewarding.

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