Event start date and time: January 05, 2013 4:00 PM
Event end date and time: May 23, 2013 5:00 PM
The International Association of Young Philanthropists (YP) will guide a cycling expedition from the coast of Georgia to Seattle, Washington via San Diego, California. That is, from Georgia to San Diego to Seattle. The ride will take approximately six months to complete, running from Sunday January 6, 2013 through Friday May 24, 2013. Leaders employed by the YP will lead approximately 10 (though, technically, there is no limit of attendees) underprivileged, international, and otherwise interested young people along the route specified. The riders' age range is 18-25, though the YP may make special admittances to those whom it chooses. It will, among other things, (tentatively) be an official attempt to break the Guinness World Record for Largest Unsupported Expedition.
The ride is meant to teach valuable leadership, business, intellectual, and personal skills. It is meant to carry out the four YP core words—Inspire. Explore. Connect. Celebrate.—in a way that is attractive and uplifting to all those exposed to the expedition. The expedition is meant as a recruitment tool and exercise for potential YP employees. The YP will look to develop the following personal areas on the expedition.
On the Physical
The YP will actively recruit riders from all socio-economic backgrounds, ages within the age range, religious affiliation, and ethnic background. In other words, we'll make no discrimination on who comes. We will invite everyone. Everywhere. They need only the time and a willing attitude. That being said, we're currently recruiting from: France and the UK—gap year students interested in seeing the US and learning about NGOs; Eastern Pennsylvania: specifically Reading and Philadelphia; Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana; and are also working to recruit from areas in Ohio, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, California, and Honduras. Each rider will need to raise a subjective amount of money in order to join. After all, it is a fundraiser. The amount will be set with each individual after speaking with an YP representative.
The YP will employ mentors to ride with the group. They will be college graduates who have experience leading and teaching others; are given to scholarship on some level in their personal lives; and have the necessary physical, metal and emotional abilities to complete the expedition. The YP will also employ a cameraman/media director throughout the ride, and some kind of medic.
Riders will pedal a bicycle from 5 to more than 120 miles a day, with the average day being approximately 65 miles. Riders will ride, on average, 5 days of every week. In other words, riders will ride about 8 hours a day, 5 days a week. They will eat on $5 a day, not including food donated by local charities. Riders will be expected to achieve proficiency in bicycle repairs and maintenance in a timely manner. It is expected that the group will ride together and help each other when applicable. Riders will also be expected to learn and follow basic traffic laws. Basic catastrophic insurance will be provided for each rider. Riders will otherwise be responsible for their own medical bills—they are each encouraged to carry their own insurance. The route will be well planned with stops, seminars, community outreach events, tutorials, etc marked on the original itinerary.
Dinner and breakfast will often be donated. Foods like rice, lentils, beans, bread and peanut butter, along with basic fruits will be common foods eaten for lunch, when meals are not donated, or during periods of camping. Other options of an equal or lesser financial value will be available to riders at their own discretion. (Or, riders can buy their own things with their own money, etc). Riders will be expected to make every effort to maintain or achieve an appropriate physical fitness level during the ride. On average, each person doubles their caloric intake on such an expedition. It should be assumed that hunger will be a common feeling. Riders should be capable of operating in a mature, sociable manner under this condition.
Riders will camp; stay in community buildings or in homes or on private property. Riders may have access to tents and bikes provided by the YP, along with whatever gear is made accessible to the YP through partnership or sponsorship (water filters, sleeping bags, clip in pedals, etc). Participants may need to bring sleeping bags and other desired outdoor gear. When camping, riders will usually have their own tent/covering. Not every night will be completely comfortable or completely safe (wild animals, elements etc; riders will likely be safe from other people). Riders should be capable of enduring such inconveniences.
Other Gear, Miscellaneous
The YP will likely be able to provide subsidies, gear, and other necessary items to those in need of such things. It is also possible that riders would be expected to wear or use any gear, clothing or equipment as mandated by the YP's sponsors or partners.
On the Intellectual
A college endorsed, humanities and social science-based curriculum will be strictly followed throughout the expedition. Riders will have access to books via paper (traditional books), audio (though the YP will not endorse riding while listening); as well as some scholarly articles. Riders will be expected to keep up with the readings.
Riders will also take part in weekly or bi-weekly tutorials given by "distinguished" members of communities the group rides through. Local professors, pastors, businessmen, lawyers, etc will give 1-2 lectures over the course of one or two days to students regarding the topics they have been reading about. Riders will turn in hand-written responses to readings and lectures on a basis determined by the YP mentor or group leader.
If necessary, an YP mentor will be assigned to a small group of riders in order to assure ease in group discussions, written responses, and basic physical tasks (i.e. eating, carrying supplies, preparing camp, etc).
Riders will be expected to spend time daily in their academic readings. General discussion on the readings, as well as on general philosophical and life questions, will always be promoted and encouraged by the YP mentors. Group discussions relating to the studied materials will be scheduled on a weekly basis. A GED-centered curriculum will also be available for those who could benefit from passing the test. (Scholarships will likely be available to those who pass the GED in order that they may pursue post secondary education).
Each Rider will be expected to work and improve upon their public speaking skills. Certain YP mentors will take part in speaking sessions in order to promote raising public awareness and funds for the project that the YP will be working to accomplish. (The project and its partner are not yet official; it will probably be a project aiding an area near Tegucigalpa, Honduras with local NGO partner Casa De Luz; more details to come). Riders will be expected to give certain parts of YP public speeches as they feel comfortable. Everyone, however, will be expected to work on their public speaking through less formal group sessions.
Riders will be expected to take part in fundraising for the YP's project, if only to learn about how the non-profit sector works. They will be expected to learn about, come up with creative solutions for, and in some cases lead fundraising projects throughout their time on the expedition. Part of the curriculum will focus on the non-profit sector within the business world. Riders will be expected to utilize their knowledge in hands-on, proactive ways that reap financial rewards for those peoples the YP is aiming to assist. Business teams will be created in which each person will be expected to operate according to his talents and abilities.
Throughout the ride, mentors of the YP will be facilitating community involvement seminars for different groups of middle and high school youth. Seminars will take participants through an out-door activity (Hiking, Camping, etc) interspersed with up to six sessions inspiring and teaching them to get involved in their communities. They will take 1-2 days to complete. The YP will also, at times, partner with a group of local youth to raise money and awareness for a cause that they support. Riders are expected to, at the very least, participate in these community development activities. Riders will gain opportunities to plan, lead, and mentor youth during these times if they are interested and capable of doing so. These will be key times for riders to grow in leadership, rhetoric, and business knowledge and skills.
Each rider will be expected to grow in his personal faith, or lack thereof. The YP does not publicly endorse any specific faith or religion, though its leaders are followers of Christ. Each rider does not need to convert to any kind of religion or ideological school of thought, but each rider must attempt to cement some set of beliefs—and be able to defend their beliefs in a manner rational and respectable. In other words, riders must be respectful to those who believe differently than them, be open to learning about said beliefs, and be ardently seeking to learn more about their own ideas and beliefs: Riders must be searching for Truth.
The ride will probably stay at a lot of churches and along the way--participants need to be ok with that.
As briefly mentioned above, the ride is a fundraiser for the riders who could benefit from scholarships and an impoverished community near Tegucigalpa, Honduras (official details will be published near the end of July). Thus, the YP will ask that all its participants do participate in the fundraiser. The YP will work with each candidate to establish a minimum amount they need to fundraise in order to join the ride. That being said, the YP will often suggest that a rider raise $4,000 USD. However, the emphasis is on the ride and its riders, and the YP understands that everyone is in a different situation. Everyone will not necessarily be required to raise such an amount.
On the Emotional
Pedaling a bicycle for 8 or more hours a day is difficult. Getting caught in the rain, putting up with a cold front that moves in, or dealing with a detour can all be very stressful situations. Everyone will become upset, feel like quitting, get angry at another rider, or feel like this was the worst decision of their lives. It will be ok.
Everyone is built with different emotional capabilities. We each have a different capacity to handle certain types of situations. Each rider will be expected to learn to endure the emotional difficulty that comes with pedaling around the United States with a group of people. Situations of conflict will be required to be dealt with via mediation. Each rider must be willing to submit to mediation. Violence is never an acceptable reaction to angry feelings, and it will not be tolerated. The Statement of Rider Policies that every rider signs must be upheld at all times, under any circumstances.
Riders will be expected to learn to communicate with those around them about what they are feeling, and why they are feeling that way. This will be encouraged rather than facilitated. That is, instead of forming groups to talk about our emotions, we'll promote a social atmosphere of openness and emotional tolerance in which an individual who is dis-eased can voice his or her feelings in a safe, calm and reasonable environment. Everyone will be expected to grow emotionally.
The YP is putting this particular expedition on for the mentors leading it, for the riders pedaling it, for the communities the ride goes through, and, tentatively, for the community of Zambrano, Honduras--near Tegucigalpa, (or another international community the YP chooses). The ride is relatively unique: an expedition of this magnitude that focuses on the complete growth of the participants. It will change the lives of all involved. It will work as a model for the communities it travels through. In fact, the YP hopes it will be a model for all sub-cultures in the western world.
This is what it can look like when you are really living.
The YP will then seek positive community placements for its riders, either as YP employees, assuming that is appropriate, or by default as individuals with incredible experience and potential for doing significant things to aid those most impoverished and least fortunate around them. This ride is, in fact, the next step the YP is taking to change the world.
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