The Newseum welcomed Roadtrip Nation at the conclusion of its nationwide educational tour April 29 for a sneak peek of a new documentary and a panel discussion with education experts. The “Educate to Empower” event provides D.C. students and guests the opportunity to experience Roadtrip Nation, a career exploration organization that helps students find their own road in life.
The event at the Newseum encouraged student participants to share their dream jobs and talked about ways they could seek out mentors to help achieve those dreams. A panel of experts, including D.C. Public Schools Chancellor Kaya Henderson and representatives from the White House, AT&T, College Board and Boys & Girls Clubs, talked about how students – especially first-generation college students – can travel the road from student to success.
The new Roadtrip Nation documentary “Why Not Us?” chronicles the stories of four first-generation college students who travel around the country to interview successful professionals who were first-generation college students themselves, including chief executive officers of AT&T, Girl Scouts and Starbucks.
This was the second Roadtrip Nation event at the Newseum; last September’s visit featured a Q&A session with Secretary of Education Arne Duncan and three aspiring teachers who have been touring the country and interviewing inspiring individuals who are working to change the face of education.