What does it mean to carry a passport? To me that means that you have taken another step to becoming a global citizen. To many, it is never even a question not to have a passport, but to many it is out of reach or not in their realm of thinking. This piece of identification though unlocks the world. According to CNN, only 30% of US citizens have a passport. Through programs like The Passport Party Project, a new world is opening up though. This organization is providing 100 passports to 100 under-served girls in the United States during 2011-2012. Growing up in Kansas City, MO it was always a dream of mine to travel the world and to experience the historical sites noted in text books and encyclopedias; however, I never thought I would do it. Here I am with numerous stamps in my passport and have no intentions on stopping. It takes one thing to kick-start that motivation to travel, experience, grow into a citizen.
As a country we must do more to encourage international experiences for our citizens. The country is making this a priority with March 10 being National Passport Day, which allows citizens to register for a passport at your local passport services center without an appointment. Even larger than that though, it brings attention to the ideals of global citizenship and the responsibilities attached to it. With this in mind, how are you going to help the next generation of global citizens take their first step in the world?
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