Overview

Year On helps young adults develop the confidence, clarity, and direction necessary to successfully navigate life. Our gap year program equips high school graduates with the tools, skills, and habits they need to define their own path.

Our Philosophy

We believe that strong individuals are the key to create stronger communities. Our activities are built to give every Fellow the confidence, grit, and self-reliance they need to succeed as a global citizen in tomorrow’s world.

The Program

The Year On gap year program is divided into three successive phases — Explore, Focus, and Launch. Each phase builds upon the other as Fellows learn new concepts and skills and put them into practice.

Phase 1: Explore
Fellows begin by setting out to one of our international locations to volunteer and immerse themselves in a new culture. Our Explore locations include India, Tanzania, Indonesia, Mexico, and Peru. Fellows choose from volunteer projects such as teaching English or computer skills, caring for disabled children and adults, environmental conservation, and women’s empowerment.

Phase 2: Focus
Once returning from abroad, Fellows head to San Francisco where they work with coaches, attend life skill workshops, and build a portfolio of work. Fellows live together in our Year On dorm and work every day at our co-working space in SoMa, the heart of San Francisco’s startup world.

Phase 3: Launch
During the Launch phase, Fellows apply everything they learned during the Explore and Focus phases to the real world, with the support of a community of Fellows and coaches. Fellows can choose to Launch anywhere they’d like, and can choose from creating their own project, completing an internship, taking a class, or attending a bootcamp.

Core Program Components

Service Learning
Every Year On Experience starts with a service learning project—a chance to see the world from someone else’s point-of-view and do meaningful volunteer work.. Service Learning is the core component of the Explore phase, where Fellows are pushed to use volunteer projects as a way to learn more about themselves and how they see the world.

Coaching
Fellows work with coaches throughout their Year On experience. Coaches take a holistic approach, helping develop work habits, mindsets, and wellbeing. Most importantly, coaches provide continuous feedback on growth and learning and help Fellows gain clarity in their next step.

Foundational Life Skills Workshops
Success in college, and in life, requires skills that aren’t explicitly taught in high school. Our workshop curriculum focuses on teaching Fellows the ins and outs of adulting—from managing spending to having difficult conversations and learning how to bounce back from rejection.Real-world projectsWe believe learning happens by doing, which is why real-world projects are a big part of the Year On experience. Throughout the program, Fellows will design, execute and share their own projects, learning how to actually create things beyond what they thought possible.

Career Pathway Planning
What do you want to do next? Is a question that most high school and college students can relate to. Answering this question requires an understanding of who you are and what you want out of life. And an action plan. We help Fellows explore different options, see what it takes to achieve lofty goals, and create a Personal Pathway plan with step-by-step goals that will help them get there.

Curriculum

Our program sets Fellows on a path of exploration and growth that will last their entire lives, wherever they may go. At every step, our program reinforces the belief that individual growth is only the beginning of our journey to understand how to serve our communities and act as global citizens.

Foundational Life Skills
Real life takes skills that you probably didn’t learn in high school—get the tools you need to succeed in college and beyond.

  • Personal Skills
  • Professional Skills
  • Confidence and Self-Awareness

Tools to navigate the real world
Our curriculum shows Fellows where to start, helps them figure out where they want to go and gives them to the tools to navigate life’s uncertainties in between.

  • Direction Finding
  • Personal Responsibility
  • Professional skills

Effective work habits
Effective work habits are required regardless of what Fellows do next. Our curriculum focuses on helping Fellows practice these skills through projects, workshops, and weekly goal setting.  

  • Productivity
  • Goal setting and follow-through
  • Time management

 

 

Cost and Session Information

The Year On gap year program is $24,000 per year. Our fellows come from all types of socio-economic backgrounds, and we aim to ensure access for all of them. To do this, we provide financial assistance for families who cannot afford the full Year On tuition amount.

In addition to financial assistance, we offer a flexible payment program for families who wish to extend their payments over time. Admitted Fellows interested in our flexible payment plan should contact admissions directly. For more information on payment options, email us at admissions@yearon.com

 

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Reviewed on 1/20/2015 by

What can I say about UnCollege gap year? It let's you travel and explore. It helps you figure out what you want to do. It helps you develop professionally and dabble in the professional world through internships. It helps you free yourself. I recommend to anyone looking for a real experience.

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Reviewed on 1/9/2015 by

Amazing things happen in this world. The most amazing are the ones that baffle our logic.. the ones that make us think "How is this even possible?". Life is one such mystery. The conditions required for life to form on earth were painfully specific. The probability was so low that it could almost be deemed impossible. But it happened, and we are here today. We are the result of the most perfect chances happening at the most perfect time - incredible. This 'orchestra' of perfect circumstances always creates best music. UnCollege is one such idea. Everything about it works so well with everything else about it that you just have to do it to understand how brilliant this idea is. It is also the reason it has survived for four years now. I personally believe it should have been a commodity since the education system was invented. Don't let the words "gap year" fool you into thinking of UnCollege as some laid-back place. It accepts only the best misfits. The ones who have an intrinsic drive to better themselves daily. I feel almost undeserving to have been a part of this fabulous orchestra. It's incomprehensibly amazing.

2 Participant Reviews

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What can I say about ...

5
Reviewed on 1/20/2015 by

What can I say about UnCollege gap year? It let's you travel and explore. It helps you figure out what you want to do. It helps you develop professionally and dabble in the professional world through internships. It helps you free yourself. I recommend to anyone looking for a real experience.

Amazing things happen in this ...

Amazing things happen in this ...

5
Reviewed on 1/9/2015 by

Amazing things happen in this world. The most amazing are the ones that baffle our logic.. the ones that make us think "How is this even possible?". Life is one such mystery. The conditions required for life to form on earth were painfully specific. The probability was so low that it could almost be deemed impossible. But it happened, and we are here today. We are the result of the most perfect chances happening at the most perfect time - incredible. This 'orchestra' of perfect circumstances always creates best music. UnCollege is one such idea. Everything about it works so well with everything else about it that you just have to do it to understand how brilliant this idea is. It is also the reason it has survived for four years now. I personally believe it should have been a commodity since the education system was invented. Don't let the words "gap year" fool you into thinking of UnCollege as some laid-back place. It accepts only the best misfits. The ones who have an intrinsic drive to better themselves daily. I feel almost undeserving to have been a part of this fabulous orchestra. It's incomprehensibly amazing.

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