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.
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.