|Empowering Youth Through Travel participant Yael (and her mom) getting ready for the big trip!|
When I reached out to Jessica Mann last year about partnering with The Passport Party Project once it made its way to Chicago, we talked candidly about how challenging non-profit work can be. We also talked about how giving up is not an option. I remember our conversation like it was yesterday.
|Dushun shows off his first passport as he gears up for Costa Rica!|
Jessica is the founder of Empowering Youth Through Travel, a small non-profit in Chicago whose mission is to empower urban teens of color from disadvantaged backgrounds, through hands-on learning of current, worldly issues. On June 20, 2012, four teens - one of which has never been on a plane and who just got his first passport - will travel to Costa Rica for an adventure of a lifetime. You can read more about the trip here. And you can read more about Jessica here.
|Chris (and his mom) show off his ready-to-go-to-Costa-Rica passport...|
Jessica is DOING it. She's not merely thinking about it or talking about it; she's DOING the doggone thing. And that, ladies and gentlemen, deserves a #StandingOvation in my book. *Wild applause*