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Gap Intro


Gap-Year Project

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Gap Intro


Gap-Year Project

For some of our students, the path after high school is not immediately clear. They may not feel ready to succeed in a college setting, or may be exploring trade schools and other alternatives to the traditional college route (which we recognize is not right for everyone).

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Gap Path


Gap Path


For these students we have created the Gap-Year Project, a 2-year program for students to move forward together. Students will also benefit from working together to identify their vision and goals, create new norms, attain financial stability, all with fellow community members and lifelong friends on the same journey. Throughout the first year, students experience exploratory and educational activities designed to help them think through their best path forward. These include: weekly dinners with experts in a variety of fields; workshops on mental health, finances, family planning, even getting a driver’s license; and site visits to colleges, trade schools, and local businesses and companies. Students map out their short- and long-term goals, enroll in classes, colleges, or trade schools of their choice, and begin their journey towards their career, while receiving life coaching, counseling, and tutoring.

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Gap Info


Gap Info


During the second year of our program, students have continued access to support and become peer mentors to year-one Gap students as well as students in our SWAG program.

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Gap Year Success


Gap Year Success


We have already seen huge success in our first year, as this program saw 25 young people who were on track to drop out of high school, complete internships, start trade schools, enter the workforce in the tech field, and successfully complete a year of college. And as we start our second year, with 20 new students, we are looking for ways to continue to grow and support this program as there is a waitlist for students to join.

25 : students in the first cohort

90% : students that successfully transitioned to college or a career pathway

100% : students that report feeling hopeful about their future