Meet Tracey Friley—G Project Finalist

Daniel Sendecki September 10, 2013 25

This week, the Looptail is coming to you live from outside the gates of Costa Rica’s Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio from our first-ever Summit in the Jungle. Each day, we’re profiling a different visionary whose world-changing ideas earned them one of four spots at the Summit — and a shot at winning $25,000 to fund their vision. Today, we’re proud to introduce San Francisco’s Tracey Friley.

G Project Finalist Tracey Friley, San Francisco.

G Project Finalist Tracey Friley, San Francisco.

My idea: A little blue booklet that might just change the world

The Passport Party Project is a global awareness initiative that aims to gift passports to 100 underprivileged American girls. The goal is to create global citizens invested in communities both local and abroad.

In underserved communities—that is, those groups (cultural or otherwise) that don’t typically get their fair share of what the American dream has to offer—the concept of international travel is typically seen as that of a luxury, while in other communities, international travel for teens is merely a way of life. Basic necessities like food, shelter, clothing, and saving for college or a trade school trump flights around the world, global exploration and in many cases, service to others.

A rite of passage…



The Passport Party Project, a rite of passage for underserved American girls ages 11-15, is a fun and informative global awareness initiative that will not only gift 100 underserved American girls (11-15) with their very first passports, but will help to create responsive and responsible global citizens. 

The Passport Party Project fosters dreams and encourages international travel and service, thereby creating global citizens in underserved communities who are then better prepared to help either in their communities at home or those communities they visit abroad. The choice is theirs, and the benefit is ours.

… and a broader worldview

One hundred girls armed with the coveted Little Blue Booklet means 100 girls with a broader worldview and the motivation to turn international travel dreams into realities—and potentially into changing the world as they start to experience the world, find their place in it, and respect it. 

They might even change the world. 

100 girls with passports also have a way of trickling down to others and encouraging family, friends, and onlookers to get their passports as well.

Behind the idea: Tracey Friley

An award-winning travel blogger and travel-preneur with digital content on sites like Travel Channel and Luxury Link, Tracey is the founder of OneBrownGirl.com, OBG Adventures, The Passport Party Project, and the upcoming Teen Travel Summit & Extravaganza.

A self-proclaimed culturalista and Francophile, Tracey is also a lifelong entrepreneur with an MBA in Global Management who enjoys planning and hosting trips to Paris for women, girls and fashion re-sellers, and owns a French-themed pop-up boutique where she sells the treasures she finds while travelling.

In March 2012, Tracey was honored with a Leadership Award from the United States Bureau of Consular Affairs for the effective use of social media to promote and encourage participation in Passport Day in the USA 2012. When she isn’t on a plane, a train, a car or a boat, Tracey can be found planning and producing travel events ultimately aimed at helping to create global citizens and giving girls of all ages a world view.


Learn more about Tracey’s idea — and over 350 other world-changing proposals from all over the world at The G Project. Stay tuned to the #gproject hashtag on Twitter—where you’ll get a chance to explore Costa Rica’s Parque Nacional Manuel Antonio alongside our G Project finalists, while discovering first-hand the positive impact travel and tourism can have on the future of our planet.

25 Comments »

  1. KellyG September 11, 2013 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Got to speak with Tracy yesterday. Another passionate, creative woman with an amazing idea to change peoples’ lives!

  2. Passport Party Project September 11, 2013 at 1:34 pm - Reply

    Thank you. *Big big smile*

  3. Diane Powe September 11, 2013 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Travel is and education in culture, diversity, language, tolerance and so many other areas of life. I only wish that this brown girl had been able to experience other countries as a youth. The experience would have been invaluable.

  4. Sandy Seale September 11, 2013 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    Travel is so much more than seeing new places. It’s learning about our world, other cultures, our differences which often teaches us more about our sameness. The more we know and relate to others the more we understand and accept each other. It opens up possibilities that many young girls couldn’t even imagine or only dream of. But Tracey Friley’s dream and determination is to change that for as many young girls as possible And give them the world.

  5. Tanya Harry September 11, 2013 at 1:50 pm - Reply

    This is fantastic! Rooting for you Tracey!

  6. Adeeba Deterville September 11, 2013 at 1:53 pm - Reply

    Tracey and The Passport Party Project have shown consistent dedication and love for making a positive contribution to girls. Thank you for highlighting this wonderful woman and her work.

  7. Chelle Roberts (BrownGirlsFly) September 11, 2013 at 2:03 pm - Reply

    Tracey,

    We are SOOO excited to see that the Passport Party Project has made it this far.

    Having worked closely with you and the 10 girls in Miami last year, I understand the value and the impact of the program.

    Watching the girls open up to their dreams and see that the world was available to them was an amazing experience.

    I know 100 girls have had this experience and it will be so exciting to see the next 100, and the next 100, and so on.

    May you create an army of travelistas who are seeing the world and coming back with an arsenal of stories to share with their community.

    Bravo!

    -Chelle

  8. Michael Renee Danels September 11, 2013 at 2:19 pm - Reply

    Not all girls enjoy equal access or opportunity to travel abroad. Through the Passport Party Project, Tracey provides young girls with admission to what could be considered by some a private club. Her commitment and passion for this project is seen and felt in her tireless efforts to make sure the precious gift of travel becomes the norm and not the exception for girls and young women.

  9. chamaine woffard September 11, 2013 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    The trip to Belize with my daughter, Jazmyne, was an experience that I will never forget. The Passport Project enabled Jazzy to obtain her first passport and Belize was her first stamp. The bonding between the girls and parents was very special. Tracey was the perfect hostess and I really appreciated the focus on global awareness and cultural respect. I saw the pride in the girls eyes when Belizeans and tourists asked them about their group and they were able to say they were the WINNERS of an ESSAY-WRITING contest and not a troubled youth group. They were so happy to be little black and brown girls and proud of their accomplishments. Thank you TRACEY. I hope we get to see another 100 girls become global citizens.

  10. Dionne Stalling September 11, 2013 at 2:44 pm - Reply

    I am so excited to see that The Passport Party Project is being recognized. This is a phenomenal program that has & will continue to be a beacon of light to so many girls that aspire to become better global citizens. Tracey’s passion & perservance is inspiring.

  11. Lily September 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    Way to go Tracey, I am rooting for you!! You are a prime example of how one person can change the world and improve young peoples’ lives. I was thrilled to have seen the girls travel to Belize – and have full confidence that thanks to you, they will travel to many more places and become amazing world citizens! Wishing you all the best in this competition! Cheers to you! – Lily

  12. Erin September 11, 2013 at 2:45 pm - Reply

    You are doing amazing things & are such an inspiration to so many people! So proud to call you my friend!

  13. Tamecka S. September 11, 2013 at 3:14 pm - Reply

    This is an OUTSTANDING opportunity for the Passport Party Project. Traveling brings so many wonderful experiences into your life. Sending lots of luck your way!

  14. Veronica September 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm - Reply

    I love this project and I love the work Tracey is doing! The Passport Project opens up a world of possibilities for young girl!,….and what’s more important and essential than a young person embrace possibilities! The passport is not just a document for travel, but a passport to being a global citizen and seeing their lives and world in a bigger way. They see themselves as world citizens! They know they are a voice in this world!….and can impact the world for the better. Tracey’s passion for this work is obvious….you can feel it in the way she talks about it. Her commitment to this work and these girls comes from the absolute best place, her heart! Go Tracey! GO!

  15. Paula Bendfeldt-Diaz September 11, 2013 at 4:03 pm - Reply

    Travel is eye opening, horizon broadening experience that brings people together. I truly believe the Passport Party Project is an initiative that has the potential to change and improve lives. Keep up the amazing work Tracey!

  16. Portia Duncan-Small September 11, 2013 at 4:11 pm - Reply

    Your passion for travel and dedication to make a change in our world has inspired many, including myself. I commend you for all of your hard work to open up so many possibilites for many young girls. Congratulations!

  17. Vanessa, DeSuMama September 11, 2013 at 4:38 pm - Reply

    As a bicultural Latina raising biracial babies, I will use travel as a parenting tool to raise confident and well adjusted global citizens. I truly believe that what Tracey is doing with her Passport Party Project is nothing short of changing our world – one passport stamp at a time. She is giving kids, who would otherwise not look beyond their own environment, the expectation of travel. Their brand new passport aches for adventure, travel and a sense of unity with others. And those kids will grow up yearning for it too. I love what the Passport Party Project stands for, and would be SO happy to see it win!

  18. Sharon P September 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm - Reply

    Tracey’s enthusiasm for travel, her commitment to giving back, and showing young girls how they can grow and influence their generation and the next with one little blue book is one of the ways her program stands out among all the rest. She’s a shining star!

  19. Lenise September 11, 2013 at 6:55 pm - Reply

    I’m cheering for Tracey because she gives so much of herself for her young ladies. With each group of girls that are provided their first passport, it opens windows and doors in their minds of where they may be able to go one day.

    I have a young lady who I love very much and am going to surprise her with her very own passport soon.

    Traveling opens your world, and broadens the sense of self.

    Thank you Tracey for always giving of yourself!

  20. Meochia S. September 12, 2013 at 7:38 am - Reply

    Tracey, my well wishes are behind you and all the girls that you have helped and will help to obtain their 1st passport and go places that many would have never dreamed of had it not been for your passion and hard work. You have definitely inspired me to give more of myself and to pursue my vision to help those that are less fortunate. I am so happy for what you are doing and I want you to win in the best way, because when you when, so many others win!

    • Meochia S. September 12, 2013 at 10:47 pm - Reply

      Tracey, my well wishes are behind you and all the girls that you have helped and will help to obtain their 1st passport and go places that many would have never dreamed of had it not been for your passion and hard work. You have definitely inspired me to give more of myself and to pursue my vision to help those that are less fortunate. I am so happy for what you are doing and I want you to win in the best way, because when you win, so many others win!

  21. Leilani September 12, 2013 at 9:56 am - Reply

    This is such a wonderful opportunity to establish leadership! I find it absolutely amazing what happens when a young person gets exposed to a world that they may have only seen on TV. The benefit of travel affects more than just the traveler in a positive way. Thank you, Tracey for your passion, dedication and efforts. The doors to amazing paths awaits – THANK YOU!

  22. Andi of My Beautiful Adventures September 12, 2013 at 5:26 pm - Reply

    Love Tracey and her project! Amazing!!!

  23. Jennifer James September 12, 2013 at 11:51 pm - Reply

    Tracey is one of the most amazing people I know. If she sees a challenge she’ll go right after it! I’m always in sheer awe!

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