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Who is Ryan Trahan? The YouTuber crossing America with 1 penny

YouTube star Ryan Trahan is popular for his "Surviving on $0.01 for 30 Days" Feeding America fundraiser. Here's what we know about him.
Who is Ryan Trahan? The YouTuber crossing America with 1 penny
YouTube content creator Ryan Trahan has recently amassed tremendous popularity after launching a fundraising video series entitled "Surviving on $0.01 for 30 Days" for the hunger-relief organization Feeding America. The series follows him as he attempts to cross America to deliver a penny to YouTube megastar MrBeast.

Ryan Trahan has captivated his audience, attracting hundreds of thousands of new subscribers daily -- all in the name of ending hunger. So if you want to learn more about this philanthropic YouTube star, look no further. Here's everything you need to know.

Who Is Ryan Trahan On YouTube?

Ryan Trahan is an American YouTuber and business owner from Texas. To date, Ryan has nearly 10 million subscribers on the platform. He started his channel on 27th October 2013, gaining tremendous popularity for his lifestyle vlogs, challenges, and related video content.

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Ryan Trahan is popular for his lifestyle vlogs and challenge videos. (Picture: YouTube / Ryan Trahan)

His most-viewed video is titled "Racing strangers in the airport," with 35 million views, followed by several "I spent" challenges. According to Social Blade, Ryan Trahan is ranked 288th out of all Entertainment creators on YouTube.

In the last 30 days since writing, Ryan gained nearly 1 million subscribers and over 110 million video views, no doubt from his latest "Surviving on $0.01 for 30 Days" fundraising video series. Remarkably, each video has earned Ryan roughly 100,000 subscribers.

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Ryan Trahan is quickly attracting a large following on YouTube. (Picture: Social Blade)

Ryan Trahan is 23 years old and was born on 7th October 1998. He is engaged to fellow YouTube content creator Haley Pham, with whom he shares a dog named Spock. Beyond the realm of YouTube, Ryan is also an entrepreneur, founding the companies Neptune Bottle and the Hydra clothing line.

Why is Ryan Trahan crossing America with 1 penny?

Ryan Trahan's traversal across America is part of a fundraising effort with charity organization Team Feeds and the Feeding America foodbank network. According to his donation page, he is crossing America starting with just $0.01 because the "penny is going extinct in 2023," and he wants "to prove how powerful a penny can be" while helping "end hunger in America."

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The penny challenge video series will likely end with a MrBeast collaboration. (Picture: YouTube / Ryan Trahan)

The fundraising initiative is linked to a month-long YouTube video series appropriately titled "Surviving on $0.01 for 30 Days," which he started on 1st June 2022. The series follows Ryan as he attempts to cross America in 30 days going from Los Angeles in California to Greenville, North Carolina. Once there, he must deliver the penny to MrBeast (because MrBeast doesn't have one).

Penny Challenge Rules

Starting with just $0.01, Ryan must use his entrepreneurial skills to accumulate enough money to support his travel across America, which he does expertly through trading and/or buying and selling items. However, all profit must come from the penny, and all food, transport, and expenses must come from the penny's profit.

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Ryan is crossing America starting with 1 penny, which he must deliver to MrBeast in 30 days. (Picture: YouTube / Ryan Trahan)

Throughout the videos, viewers are encouraged to donate to his project; however, every time a donor contributes $50,000, they activate "The Great Reset," forcing Ryan to forfeit all his profits and start again with only $0.01.

Ryan is currently 23 days into his journey and has raised over $1 million for Team Feed. Every dollar raised helps provide at least ten meals, meaning that Ryan and his donors have already raised over 10 million meals. Also, Ryan will donate $0.01 for every new subscriber gained during the series.

How to donate to Feeding America

If you're interested in contributing to the Feeding America initiative, you can follow this link to donate. Also, if you're feeling extra generous, here are a few milestone incentives for donors who can afford them.

  • $1,000 - Ryan will add your name to the end screen of each video
  • $5,000 - You will receive a verbal "thank you" in the video
  • $50,000 - You will activate "The Great Reset," forcing Ryan to start over at $0.01
  • $69,420 - You will be crowned "memelord"
  • $100,000 - Ryan will get any tattoo of your choosing

You can follow Ryan's adventures by subscribing to his YouTube channel. In addition, we've embedded his latest video (at the time of writing) below for your convenience.

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Featured image courtesy of YouTube / Ryan Trahan.