“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating to one little corner of the earth all ones’ life. “Mark Twain
America’s greatest asset is our diversity and human capital. THE REVELATION PROJECT is an initiative designed to connect American youth from diverse socioeconomic and ethnic backgrounds by exposing them the life ‘outside their box.’ Uniquely structured single day field trips serve to motivate, inspire, and provide a spark to believe and achieve.
The aim of this initiative is to reintroduce American’s to each other, to strengthen our core, to build bridges, to educate, and to inspire unlikely friendships. By definition, a revelation is a surprising and previously unknown fact, especially one that is made known in a dramatic way. The Revelation Project, field trips with a purpose.
For many American youth, the concept of traveling or gaining exposure outside of their specific locality is not something that is an option. For other American youth, those from middle and more affluent backgrounds, travel and enrichment can easily be taken for granted.
TGU proposes the following core educational and therapeutic fundamentals of travel:
- Travel Boosts Creativity
- Travel Makes Us More Trusting
- Travel Creates Better Problem Solvers
- Travel Makes Us More Humble
- Travel Opens Our Eyes To New Things
- Travel Makes Us Sharper
- Travel Allows Us to Reinvent Ourselves
- Travel Makes Us Less Fearful
- Travel Can Make Us Happier
- Travel Can Inspire and Motivate Us
TGU believes that by providing youth the opportunity to see the world around them, in this case to experience another aspect of the American tapestry, a field trip becomes another dimension to motivate and inspire.
“When I was a student at the University of Southern California, I will never forget a class on the history of Los Angeles. In our course material were two maps in which students were asked to draw landmarks in the region. The first group were affluent students from western upscale suburbs. Their maps were very detailed with mountain ranges, the Pacific Ocean, freeways, suburbs, and landmarks in Los Angeles. The second group were poor students from south central Los Angeles. Their maps were depictions of street names, bus stops, and liquor stores. These students lived 30 minutes from the Pacific Ocean, but had never seen it, never seen the Ocean! I’ve been fortunate to travel the world and all 50 states and understand first-hand the impact which I’ve had in my own personal development. This is more than just a field trip, but a platform to change lives. “Brad Baldwin, President
FIELD TRIP MODEL
A group of 50 underprivileged youth from urban America travel to small town America to meet up with 50 local youth for a highly structured and interactive day. Each field trip will consist of the following components: (a) academic (b) cross cultural (c) local sight-seeing.