Become a One Year Road Trip Ambassador

As a One Year Road Trip Donor You Are Our Best Ambassador

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Friends, first of all, THANK YOU!
You are the ones who have believed in the One Year Road Trip enough to support us financially, and we are incredibly grateful. Some of you have even become regular MONTHLY donors, providing much-needed ongoing support to carry out our regular operations. Thank you, thank you, thank you ALL.

Today we’re asking you to do something else–BE OUR AMBASSADORS. Through your support you’ve shown that you believe in the power of kids to change the world dramatically, and you are excited to be a part of shaping a new Generation of Generosity.

Please help us tell that story to others.

“How,” You Ask?

  1. Spread the word! Whether it’s through social media like Facebook or Twitter, an email to friends and family, or casual conversation, tell others about One Year Road Trip.
  2. Share the story with potential donors. This may sound like a big ask, but many people have the means, and they want to contribute to something that is rare, meaningful, and has a legacy. Just like YOU. Who do you know that believes children have the potential to change the world?
  3. Connect us to your community. Do you have a youth or children’s group at your church, a scout troop, an after school club or local business group who might want to hear about One Year Road Trip? Get us connected so that we can Skype with them before we leave and meet with them on the road!
  4. Help the CHILDREN in your community invest in the Legacy of One Year Road Trip. What would be a better testament to the power of kid change-makers than for KIDS to fuel the One Year Road Trip project? Encourage and partner with your kids, grandkids, classroom, youth group, scout troop or neighbors to do a One Year Road Trip fundraiser! Or even find adults or businesses to match the kids’ tax-deductible donations! Maybe we can even come and meet the kids who have fueled the journey out on the road!

Some Things You May Not Know!

The One Year Road Trip project is more than just an incredible year on the road collecting stories of kid change-makers. Did you know:

  • profile-Yoon Hammer(2011)We’re working in partnership with Dr. Miyoung Yoon Hammer, PhD of Fuller School of Psychology to create a child development study that turns this multi-media film project into a legacy project! This study seeks to recognize unique factors that shape children into young change-makers, and propose ways to foster those attributes in future generations.
  • We’re already interviewing kids here in Southern California and are making episodes of them to present to possible distributors!
  • We’ve already raised 25% of our production budget through donations to our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas!
  • On Sunday, April 27th we’re hosting a “bus warming” open house here in Pasadena, CA. It’s an opportunity to see our family, tour the bus, and meet some incredible change-making kids from right here in Southern California!

Join The Movement  –  Spread The Word  –  Be An Ambassador

Lulu Cerone and the Lemon:AID Warriors

We had the amazing privilege of spending the day with Lulu Cerone, her friends and family, and participating in one of Lemon:AID Warriors ”Philanthro-parties”! Matt and Tara of Heirloom-LA taught the crew how to make a delicious and healthy meal, and in a few weeks the Lemon:AID Warriors will team up again to deliver a delicious feast just like this one to a homeless shelter–because they are just that awesome. Here are a few screenshots of the incredible and inspiring day.

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The Lemon:AID Warriors crew started the day by making beautiful centerpieces from the Cerone family’s back yard.

Screen Shot Picking Lunch from Jasper's Garden

Next, we headed to Jasper Cerone’s garden where Matt, from Heirloom-LA, taught us how to pick some produce for the meal!

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Heirloom-LA brought their own store of delicious goodies to make a meal we won’t forget!

Screen Shot Heirloom's Matt Teaching Us to Cook

Matt, from Heirloom-LA, started by teaching the Lemon:AID Warriors kitchen safety…

Screen Shot Mise en Place

…then the Lemon:AID Warriors put their knowledge into action and began preparing the “mise en place”

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Of course, no culinary adventure is complete without a little suspense…

Screen Shot The WHOLE Chicken

And the Lemon:AID Warriors crew was NOT disappointed when Matt, from Heirloom-LA, revealed the chickens in ALL their glory!

Screen Shot Fruits of Our Labors

After a morning of hard work, the Lemon:AID Warriors were able to taste the fruits of their labor and get excited about doing this again for the homeless shelter in April.

Screen Shot Lisa, Lulu Evie and Elizabeth

At the end of the day we finally got to sit down with Lisa, Lulu and one of her Lemon:AID Warriors to talk about what it means to turn compassion into action, and transform your regular social activities into social action. A perfect end to a wonderful day!

Start 2014 with Purpose

Help Launch One Year Road Trip in June

We need your help to keep One Year Road Trip on track to launch in June. We ended our 2013 end-of-year fundraising campaign with over $35,000 in tax-deductible donations from just 45 individual donors! Thanks to all those who gave both financially and with great encouragement. While we fell short of our $50,000 goal, it was a huge boost to the project. With these funds we were able to purchase our RV School Bus, make some much needed repairs, begin paying our producing team, purchase most of our camera gear and get the ball rolling in several other areas.

There is MUCH FURTHER TO GO in this journey and we are hopeful that more individuals, families and organizations will join One Year Road Trip in helping amazing kids across America change the world.

And if you are able, help us meet our $10,000 February goal by making a tax-deductible donation today.

Some Creative Ideas for Supporting One Year Road Trip!

2014 Began Strong

BlytheWe had a great start to 2014 with the addition of three new team members! Blythe Hill, the founder and creator of Dressember, has joined us as our Director of Public Relations. Blythe is a creative social entrepreneur, a cultural futurist, and a human rights activist, and we are THRILLED to have her on the team in this role! Keep your eyes peeled for upcoming news and collaborations from her work.

aishaAisha Almada is a senior at Pepperdine University and joins us as a development intern! Aisha has a background in human rights activism, filmmaking and social media, and has been a huge asset already in helping us organize our LONG list of kids to potentially interview. If you are as excited as we are about the amazing kids we’re lining up, give a big thanks to Aisha for all her hard work.

Tibby2Tibein Tedemet is also a senior atPepperdine and joins the OYRT team as a development intern focusing on travel logistics and social media. Tibby is studying both film and non-profit management, and we are excited to have her help researching our myriad logistics (camping, meals, fuel-ups, etc.), as well as working with producer Dave Torstenson to boost our social media presence.

We Finally Brought Home our New Home

Bus at SunsetAfter a VERY long wait, we were excited to finally bring back to Pasadena our RV School Bus and HOME for the 14 months on the road. It will take a while to get used to driving her, but we are amazed with this provision. Thanks to all who contributed to help make this happen!

Help Us Reach Our Full Production Goal

FA logoWe’ve raised over $35,000 in tax-deductible gifts through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas! Help us meet our $220,000 production goal by making a tax-deductible donation today!

Fractured Atlas is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of One Year Road Trip are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

How to Bring Your Bus Home in 5 Simple Steps

You may have caught the visual extravaganza on Instagram, but you haven’t heard the whole story of our 16-hour road trip to bring our bus home this past Saturday.

IMG_56541. Start Early

For the Webb clan–who usually roll out of bed at the crack of 8 (later on weekends)–we had to get up around 6am to be on the road by 7am, and everyone was at least a little tired. OK, a LOT tired. But by 8:18 we were out the door! In true Webb fashion.

It’s a 4+ hour drive to Blythe, CA where we were to pick up the bus. And that’s going the 70mph speed limit. The kids were super troopers and after 3 books, 2 podcasts, 9 songs and 84 “are we there yets” we finally arrived at Mead Automotive and picked up our new home on wheels.

Screen Shot 2014-02-05 at 12.37.17 PM2. Get Training

Within a few minutes the previous owners arrived and spent the next 2 hours walking us through the systems while Matt tried things out and Eva filmed with the iPad. They were SO generous with us, as they have been all along, and the kids even survived by playing in the bus and getting excited about the year ahead.

Finally, around 2pm, the family bid us bon voyage and we sat in the bus for a picnic lunch and a much needed breather. The thought going through everyone’s mind, “Holy malooley. This is REAL.” After a quick bite and phone call to the grand-parentals to help celebrate the occasion, we headed off to fill her up with diesel and get her weighed for the DMV. Little did we know this would be a  TWO HOUR process.

IMG_56503. Build in 2 Hours to Fuel the Vehicle

First, when you drive a big bus like this, there are actually 2 tanks for fuel. One on each side. This means that you don’t fill up in a regular filling station. You use a semi fueling station with pumps on both sides. What we didn’t know was that when you finish fueling one side you can’t just hang up the pump and move to the other side. If you do you end the transaction. If this happens, you quietly freak out inside and mildly soil yourself because you just bought a 40-freakin’-foot-bus and you don’t know how to fill it with fuel and you’re still 4+ hours from home (IF you could drive 70mph remember) and the insanity of what you’ve done rolls over you like a tsunami…

And then you breathe.

And then you go inside and ask for help. While the kids play violently with the arcade games.

4. Just Ask For Help. (Sorry, no picture. We were busy asking for help.)

It’s a huge new thing and you DON’T know what you’re doing and it will take time to learn. So just ask for help. People will be nice.

Once we asked for help we were able to finish filling the tank and then we went to get it weighed. When you weigh a bus you get on the same scales as a semi. However, you are not NEARLY as tall as a semi. So when the instructions tell you to press the button, you cannot reach the button from inside the bus. So you put it in park–actually, you don’t…there is no “park” on a bus…just neutral, reverse, D1-3 and a parking break that you DESPERATELY hope works–and you walk over to the giant sign to press the button. Which you can’t quite reach. So then you stand on tip toes. But when you still can’t reach you actually climb the pole for the sign with the button and scale up to reach it. But the button doesn’t really press in, so you just kind of hope and wait until you hear a voice on the other end say, “Hvshgns, vvshsnshngns vhllghgfngn fgnggdn. Ok.” Because these are not real words and this is your first time to weigh your bus, you confidently reply, “OK!” And then the sweats and stomach cramps start back in again.

Finally, you return to the cashier (for the 6th time) and ask for the weight paperwork. When they note, “So, you did this whole process backward,” you reply assuredly, “Yep!” Remember, confidence is key.

After that, all you have to do is drive home. Just remember…

IMG_56705. Do Your Math:

4+ hours at 70mph = One 20 min stop to find out why your bus is belching fluid onto the ground only to learn that it’s simply “burping” fluid and that’s normal ÷ 2 girls wrestling in the back  + 5 Burger King veggie burgers + phone call from your grandpa + topless woman hanging out of car driving past − time it takes to explain this to your wife and not let the kids hear − heat to maintain circulation in your hands and feet + mild panic every time you make a turn = home at 11pm. Finally.

And now it’s parked and happy. Until tomorrow when we have to go get it registered at the DMV. Which is always AWESOME.

A Year in Pictures

For those who don’t know, in June of 2014 the Webb family will hit the road for a full year to meet and tell the stories of kids across America who are changing the world through the multi-media film project, One Year Road TripIt’s an exciting project, an amazing journey, and you can learn more by downloading our information packet here.

After spending 2012 downsizing and refining what the One Year Road Trip should be, our family began 2013 with the exciting process of building the team and project! From meetings with friends and city groups, to hunting down and finding our RV school bus, to interviewing our first 2 amazing kids, One Year Road Trip has come to life. Enjoy the pictures below and click like the dickens to explore our website, Facebook page and YouTube channel!

And if you are able, support One Year Road Trip by making a tax-deductible donation. With your support, OneYearRoadTrip will find, celebrate and elevate amazing kids across the US who are changing the world.

ConversationIn January we had our first of a series of “Conversations” with friends, filmmakers and community members, and we received invaluable feedback. Though we had mixed feelings about the “professionalism” of our kids during the meeting, we watched the footage later and realized that they were fully engaged, offered thoughtful feedback, and were, at times, really witty! We walked away with some wonderful new ideas and it was a great start to our year.

Web Design

Snowtone Limited & Underskor Creative teamed up to design a beautiful new site that we hope to launch this January. The new site incorporates a series of backgrounds featuring a road heading off into the distance, each with a different US setting made entirely of fabrics, papers and other textured materials. The whole site will look as though you the viewer will be driving our bus into the great unknown! We’ve already incorporated some of the artwork into this blog, and we cannot wait to launch the new site in all its glory!

Gear

We got an AMAZING deal from our pal Patrick on a Sony FS100 that included extra batteries, lights, filters, adapters a case and tons of bits and pieces. Matt and Eva have been practicing on it already and the footage is great! Our kids will be shooting on iPad minis, and so the incredible folks at iOgrapher DONATED 3 cases for our kids to shoot on! We are definitely putting the gear to good use and all our new videos (new stuff every week!) is available at YouTube.com/oneyearroadtrip.

GrantThe Roy G. & Naomi Harmon Johnston Family Foundation graciously gave us our first grant for $5,000! We are blown away by this huge act of generosity and it was the most amazing way to begin our One Year Road Trip fundraising. Since that first donation we’ve turned the $5,000 into $35,000! Enough to buy our bus, make some initial updates and repairs, buy our camera gear, start paying our producers, and get us off to a great start!

Max IgoeMax Igoe is a 15 year-old in Southern California who’s been changing the world one glass of lemonade at a time for more than 10 years. When his mom’s best friend died of breast cancer Max asked to have a lemonade stand to raise money to fight breast cancer. We joined him for his 10TH ANNUAL lemonade stand and to date he’s raised over $100,000–like a BOSS! Visit maxslemonadestand.com to learn more and help him reach his $1 Million goal.

Anna GriffinAnna is an amazing young change-maker who just happens to be our next door neighbor! At the age of 9 Anna started to become aware of homeless families in her community and decided to do something about it. With a number of hurdles to jump, she rallied her community together with a yard sale that, in one day, raised over $1,000 to help homeless families through Union Station Family Center. Read the whole story of our interview with Anna on our blog.

DawnDaveWe welcomed 2 new producers to the One Year Road Trip team, Dawn LaMattina Asher, and Dave Torstenson! Dawn brings a wealth of experience from the world of docs and web series, and she ALWAYS pushes us forward. Not only does Dave work in web TV, but he also has completed his OWN roadtrip movie, Circle the Wagen. We cannot say how grateful we are to these two! Love. That’s all we have for them.

Conversation2An accomplished group of editors, producers, camera operators and directors met with us to offer advice on the technical and equipment needs for One  Year Road Trip. This was a hugely valuable night because we not only put together a list of the gear we needed (cameras, lights, microphones, tripods and other stands, etc), but we also got valuable feedback on what kinds of gear would work best for our project, for the look we want to achieve, and for we as a family who will be behind the camera for the first time. Thank you Patrick, Matt, Ron and Greg for your great help and support!

The BusHands down, the most encouraging process we’ve gone through on this project has been determining our transportation options. It’s been a long journey, but after wrestling with either a tiny house on wheels, a traditional RV or a converted school bus, we all felt that the bus would be the best fit for a project about kids. And within 1 WEEK we found one we loved on Craigslist. A few weeks later we bought our new RV School Bus. Check out a tour of our new home on the road!

HomeschoolingThis fall we started down the road of homeschooling in preparation for our year of Roadschooling. It’s been AWESOME and we’ve definitley learned that on the road, homeschooling will be perfect for learning in every environment. This year we’ve had the opportunity to not only learn better how our kids learn and study and thrive, but we’ve also been able to incorporate a LOT of One Year Road Trip preparations into the learning in organic, fun and very educational ways. We’re so grateful for this great transition period.

Logos

We are so privileged that our producer, Dawn, introduced us to Sarah Magidoff, an accomplished graphic designer, branding entrepreneur, and wandering locavore scout! Sarah created professional and playful logos that beautifully reflect our project, our hopes, and our family. She’s an amazing woman and we can’t wait to see her business boom! (So go hire her already!!)

It’s been an incredible 2013, and we can’t WAIT to see how 2014 blows our socks clean off with the official launch of ONE YEAR ROAD TRIP in just a few months. Thank you! and join the crew!!

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** We’ve raised over $35,000 in tax-deductible gifts through our fiscal sponsor Fractured Atlas! Help us meet our $200.000 project goal by making a tax-deductible donation at: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=7895
Fractured Atlas is a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of One Year Road Trip are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

It’s Not Too Late for End-of-Year Giving!

FA logoWe are thrilled to announce that we’ve raised over $31,000 toward our $50,000 end-of-year goal! With just about $18,000 to go we are hopeful that we could still end 2013 having met that goal.

With the $50,000 we will be able to:

  • Pay off the loan for the RV School Bus
  • Pay our indefatigable Producers!
  • Pay for bus insurance, registration and a few repairs
  • Purchase the last of our camera, light and sound equipment

Ultimately, we’re hoping to raise $200,000 for the entire project through crowdfunding, grants, corporate donations, and in-kind giving. But this first $50,000 goal will mean that virtually everything will be in place to drive off on the adventure!

Make a tax-deductible donation today and help us reach our goal!!

1 For 1 Giving for the Holidays

For the past few years our family has made an effort to give $1 to a charitable organization for every dollar we spend on ourselves. We figure it’s our little way to keep our holiday spending in check and help to make a small difference in the world. Join us and take the 1 For 1 Challenge this holiday season!

Here are a short list of some charitable organizations we’ve enjoyed supporting over the years. And for other like-minded people, check out Advent Conspiracy! They were the ones who first inspired us to think differently and globally about our holiday spending.

www.kiva.org
www.heifer.org
www.samaritanspurse.org
www.team.worldvision.org
www.water.org/
www.homelessshelterdirectory.org

Are you in?! If you are post it on our Facebook wall or make a comment below!

Our End-of-Year Fundraiser Is On!

OYRT LogoWe are excited to announce that our first full-fledged fundraising campaign is on! Please join us in our OneYearRoadTrip project by contributing to our end-of-year fundraising campaign. We’re hoping to raise $50,000 in tax-deductible donations by the end of the year! It’s a big goal, but we are hopeful we can reach it! 
OneYearRoadTrip is a new multi-media film project that will take our family around the U.S. for one year to engage with children who are serving their local communities in order to change the world. (View our info packet here.)

Our hope is that by sharing the stories of these children and bringing their causes to light, others around the country—and beyond—will be inspired to go out and be change-makers, too.

Bluebird 2We have already:

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  • Gained fiscal sponsorship with Fractured Atlas, a non-profit arts service organization, so that your contributions to the project may be tax-deductible* gifts
  • Developed a producing team, technical advisors and a prayer team
  • Purchased our camera package
  • Designed a new website
  • Secured a converted school bus RV
  • And even interviewed our first amazing kids right here in Southern California!


NOW
is a significant time, as we launch our first fundraising campaign. This end-of-year push is to raise $50,000, which will prepare us for the road.

This funding will provide:

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  • Final payment for the converted school bus RV, and insurance
  • Website completion and launch
  • Sound gear, lighting equipment, and data storage
  • Legal and consulting fees
  • Paying our incredible team of producers
  • More interviews with amazing kids in California leading up to the big trip!

Our family has already joyfully invested thousands of hours and dollars into this project because we believe that children are important change-makers in our world. And many friends have joined the adventure by contributing over $16,000 in tax-deductible gifts!

Without additional financial support, OneYearRoadTrip will remain only a dream. Please consider joining us in making it a reality. Your partnership will impact lives all over the world. If you would like to support this project financially, you can make a tax-deductible donation online at: https://www.fracturedatlas.org/site/fiscal/profile?id=7895

We realize that not everyone can contribute financially, but you can still help!

Information Packet CoverYou can also view and download our information packet to learn more about what we are doing. Just click this picture or the link above.

Matt, Eva, Jack, Solveig and Evie Webb
oneyearroadtrip@gmail.com

FA logo*OneYearRoadTrip is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a 501(c)(3) public charity. Contributions for the purposes of OneYearRoadTrip must be made payable to Fractured Atlas and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

The Verdict Is In…

After weeks of trying to work out the details we were still several thousand dollars short to purchase the bus. Not only that, but another family had the cash and wanted to buy it. The family selling the bus gave us the weekend to make a decision before they sold to the other family.

We quickly pitched through Facebook our need to get the money if we hoped to get the bus, and within a week we received over $5,000! But it wasn’t enough…until a family approached us and said, “We’ve been in your shoes and others have showed up out of nowhere to help us. We are in the position to help now and we believe in you guys.” So while we wait for the bank, they wrote a check to cover the difference. And this just happened.

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If you’d like to join us in the adventure, one way is to make a tax-deductible gift through our fiscal sponsor, Fractured Atlas. Just click the link below, and thank you for your partnership!

Donate now!