“Let’s start a coalition so even the broke can go”
- Pharrell (Paris, Tokyo Remix)
The beginnings of Passport Project can be traced back to a song, “Paris, Tokyo Rmx” and a trip to Spain. The trip transformed the life of Kenji Summers while imparting an idea. An idea to use hip-hop, design, and social good to change international travel for young people.
In this evolving world there are more Americans with a Facebook account than with a passport. We are increasingly digitally connected but long for face to face experiences. The cost of international travel should not be the reason that keeps young people from traveling. However, in U.S. states, higher income people are more likely to have passports and a willingness to travel out of the country.
Passport Project embraces an age where hip-hop and Givenchy are bedmates and teenagers grow up with dreams of creating culture rather than simply consuming it. The goal, in addition to increasing passport ownership, is to inspire and empower young people to consider their existence in relation to the rest of the world as opposed to their immediate reality.