Guest Blog: Discovering the Gap Year

Abroad101 is happy to introduce Gap year opportunities to our readers! Robin, from Thinking Beyond Borders, and Kathy, from Dynamy Internship Year, got together to direct USA Gap Year Fair and wrote a series of articles to introduce the concept of a “Gap year”. It’s a growing trend among high school graduates. Take a minute to learn about it whether it is right for you…

Student Programs Provide Creative Options

For some students, the march across the stage to receive their high school diploma continues in a fairly straight line to the doorway of their college dorm. But each year, a small percentage of graduates follow a meandering path through a planned gap year.

Dynamy Academy Counselor, Mentor, Receives Hine Award

Raquel Castro Corazzini, an immigrant as a child and a mother when she was a teen, knows what it means to receive life-changing help from mentors.

Last night, Ms. Corazzini was herself recognized for the mentoring she has given to Worcester students that has helped them reach their college goals and understand their purpose in life.

What’s the purpose of a Gap Year? . . . Inquiring minds want to know

A few weeks ago we had a radio show on volunteering abroad during a Gap Year. A gap year as we described then is a break in formal education, usually between high school and college where students continue learning through a cultural immersion, volunteer opportunity in the US or abroad, deeper skill development in their sport, arts, language, or academics.

Attention Stressed Out High School Seniors: Need a Break Before College? Consider Attending a Gap-Year Fair

This is the second article in The Gap Year Report, a series about taking time off before or during college.

If the pressure of being a high school senior has gotten you down — the endless standardized tests and Advanced Placement classes, and polishing all those college essays – think about attending a gap year fair to learn about taking time off.

College Can Wait

The nine months that Annie Plotkin spent living with a host family just outside the Brazilian city of Salvador were eye-opening in many ways. She learned Portuguese, listened to live music, studied cultural idiosyncrasies and savored the city’s narrow streets lined with colorful baroque buildings. During the festival of Carnival, she gazed upon the spectacle of costumed locals dressed like exotic birds.

More U.S. students taking ‘gap year’ break

With long days of AP classes, evenings and weekends overloaded with homework and extracurricular activities, endless studying for SATs and ACTs, filling out college applications and writing the dreaded college essays, it’s high-stress time for many high school seniors.

2013 Excellence In Leadership Finalists

Kit Jenkins, Co-Founder and Executive Director, and Mary and Kit Mary Flannery, Founder, are the heart and soul of Raw Art Works, a nationally recognized youth arts organization that ignites the desire to create and the confidence to succeed in underserved youth. Founded in 1988, RAW provides a continuum of free arts-based groups for youth aged 6-19 that integrate leadership development, mentoring, life and work skills, employment and college access.

Getting Real: Helping Teens Find Their Future (Book)

Promote “career maturity” by integrating youthful aspirations with economic realities and guide teenagers toward thoughtful goals by explaining labor markets, exposing misconceptions, and exploring postsecondary options.

What’s the Purpose of a Gap Year? (podcast)

As college-bound students are finalizing their college lists, many may be thinking that they may want to delay college for a year. To do what? is a looming question. Parents are wondering . . .”Does this mean my son/daughter will never go to college?” The decision to take a gap year should start with a purpose.

The Complete Guide to the Gap Year

This is the go-to book for anyone considering a year to re-charge, to follow a passion, to become immersed in another culture, or to find their love of learning again. It includes everything a student, parent, or guidance counselor would want to know about the gap year; including what a gap year is, what it is not, and why it can have a positive impact on a young life.

The Gap Year Advantage

Taking time off before or during college is no longer the road less traveled for many students in the United States. A gap year offers students the opportunity to gain focus and discipline, learn to set realistic goals, get real-world experience, and ultimately get the most out of a college education.

Dynamy Youth Venture Team Leads the Way

The beauty empowering youth as leaders in the community is that they are largely capable and willing to pay it forward.This holds true for We Are Youth, an eight-person team of teens working to coordinate a group leadership experience with the help of several nonprofit agencies, who are proud to foster and support another tier of socially conscious youths.