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Roadtrip Nation Kicks Off 'TEACH Roadtrip'

Roadtrip Nation Kicks Off 'TEACH Roadtrip', A Cross-Country Adventure Spotlighting Extraordinary Educators

Inspried by Participant Media's documentary 'TEACH', Interviews from the Road to Air on Pivot this Fall

(August 11, 2014) – Los Angeles and Costa Mesa, Calif.– Participant Media and its Pivot television network have teamed up with Roadtrip Nation, a career exploration organization, to launch TEACH Roadtrip, a cross country adventure spotlighting inspiring individuals working to change the face of education. Part of Participant’s TEACH campaign inspired by the Davis Guggenheim documentary, TEACH Roadtrip kicked off in San Francisco and culminates with an event in Washington D.C. at the Newseum.

The 4-week cross-country journey takes place on Roadtrip Nation’s iconic RV, with three student “road-trippers” stopping in various cities to interview a diverse range of influential leaders including Kelly Meyer, creator of the American Heart Association’s Teaching Gardens, Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose, Robert Florio, Veteran and Special Ed Teacher with Troops to Teachers, and many more.

By showcasing the insights of educators, policymakers, social entrepreneurs, and activists who are reshaping the world through their work, Participant Media’s TEACH campaign and Roadtrip Nation aim to reframe conventional perception of educational work and inspire viewers to take up the cause of education and access.

TEACH is a documentary that celebrates the unsung heroes of our society, the men and women who have our future in their hands – the children they teach in our schools,” said Chad Boettcher, EVP, Social Action & Advocacy for Participant Media. “Working with Roadtrip Nation provides us with an amazing way to extend our social action campaign across America and for years to come.”

“We’re proud to work with Participant Media to help expose students to the idea that teaching is not just a job, but also a powerful tool that enhances social justice. We hope to showcase pathways in the broad field of education that young people previously might not have known existed,” says Mike Marriner, co-founder of Roadtrip Nation.

Footage of the road trip will air on Pivot, and will also be available live and on-demand through the Pivot TV app. Additionally, the insights from interviews will be accessible to thousands of students through Roadtrip Nation’s career exploration curriculum and online multimedia resources, which guide young people to explore different careers.


About Roadtrip Nation

Roadtrip Nation creates self-discovery resources designed to help young people build fulfilling lives and careers around their interests. Combining self-reflection with real-world exposure, Roadtrip Nation tools enable youth to connect their interests to relevant life pathways and stay engaged with their futures. For more information, visit roadtripnation.com and roadtripnation.org.


About Participant Media

Participant is a global entertainment company founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll to focus on feature film, television, publishing and digital content that inspire social change. Participant’s more than 55 films include Good Night, and Good Luck, Syriana, An Inconvenient Truth, Food, Inc., Waiting for ‘Superman’, The Help, Contagion and Lincoln. Participant, uniquely, launches campaigns that bring together government entities, foundations, schools, and others to raise awareness and drive people to take action on issues from each film or television show. Pivot, the company’s television network, is available in 45 million homes, serving passionate Millennials (18-34) with a diverse slate of talent and a mix of original series, acquired programming, films and documentaries. Participant’s digital network, TakePart, is a leading source of socially relevant news, opinion, entertainment and information about ways to get involved with the issues that shape our lives. Through its films, social action campaigns, digital network, and its television network, Participant seeks to entertain, encourage and empower every individual to take action.

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Founded in 2004 by Jeff Skoll, Participant Media’s (www.participantmedia.com) content combines the power of a good story well told with opportunities for real world impact and awareness around the most pressing global issues of our time. As an industry content leader, Participant annually produces up to six narrative feature films, five documentary films, three episodic television series, and more than 30 hours of digital short form programming, through its digital subsidiary SoulPancake—all aimed at entertainment that inspires social awareness and engaging audiences to participate in positive social change. Participant’s content and social impact mandate speaks directly to the rise of today’s “conscious consumer,” representing over 2 billion consumers who are compelled to make impactful content a priority focus. Through its worldwide network of traditional and digital distribution, aligned with partnerships with key non-profit and NGO organizations, Participant is positioned uniquely within the industry to engage a rapidly growing audience while bringing global awareness and action to today’s most vital issues.

Participant’s more than 100 films, including Spotlight, Contagion, Lincoln, The Help, He Named Me Malala, The Look of Silence, CITIZENFOUR, Food, Inc. and An Inconvenient Truth, have collectively earned 73 Academy Award® nominations and 18 wins, including Best Picture for Green Book and Spotlight and Best Foreign Language Film for Roma and A Fantastic Woman. Participant’s digital entertainment division, SoulPancake (www.soulpancake.com), is an award-winning provider of thought-provoking, joyful, and uplifting digital content including such widely popular series as Kid President and The Science of Happiness and reaches an audience of nearly 9 million fans. Follow Participant Media on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram. Follow SoulPancake on Twitter and on Facebook and Instagram.


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