About the Road Trip for Success College Tour
The Road Trip for Success College Tour is a week-long, out-of-state travel and learning experience for young people in the Midnight Golf Program, combining college visits, cultural exposure and playing golf.
Once accepted into the Midnight Golf Program, youth are incentivized to maintain a stellar attendance record to be eligible for trips, special outings, and scholarship opportunities available only to MGP students. One major incentive is our annual, weeklong Road Trip for Success (RTFS) college, cultural, and golf tour. The purpose of the trip is to allow our students, many of whom have never left the region or come from low-to-moderate income or first-generation college families, to see first-hand the possibilities for their future and practice the life skills they’ve learned throughout the program year.
This annual trip occurs during Spring Break and is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to:
- Travel – For many students, this is their first trip outside of the state.
- Tour college campuses and meet with school administrators
- Play a round of golf at prestigious golf courses
- Explore a variety of cultural and historical sites
- Meet MGP alumni who are enrolled in college.
The Road Trip for Success has delivered incredible outcomes since it began in 2008:
- 1,400 students have participated
- In 2019 (the last trip), 45 students received admission and $129,000 from visited schools as a result of the trip.
- Students receive brand-new golf clubs, clothing and equipment
All of our young people are invited, and the trip is one of the highlights of the program, providing a journey of bonding and learning. In 2019, six buses carried 200 students and 50 mentors on the tour.
Why the Road Trip?
The Road Trip for Success College Tour started because many students that had never been out of Michigan, walked on a college campus, or been exposed to colleges outside of the state.
Where does the trip go?
We travel to six college campuses, across multiple states. In the past we have visited universities in Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania. Between college tours, we play golf and visit and tour historical sites. We stay at the Embassy Suites, which accommodates our large group. On one evening of the trip, the young adults enjoy a special formal dinner where they dress up – fine dining is another experience that many of our young people have not been exposed to in the past.