Year On offers gap year programs to help young adults develop the confidence, clarity, and direction necessary to make the leap from high school to college. Fellows volunteer abroad, gain real-world skills in San Francisco, and work with coaches throughout to build a foundation for life.
Why Year On?
We believe there is a gap in every young adult’s journey: the gap between high school and their next step. Bridging this gap means addressing some really important questions: Who am I? What do I want to do? How can I make the most out of college? How do I succeed without the structure of high school? How do I take my life, and my education, into my own hands?
Year On exists to help ambitious high school graduates answer these questions. It is not simply a year off to travel. It's a year dedicated to bettering themselves — on their own terms. Year On helps close this gap, equipping fellows with the tools, skills, and habits they need to define their own path to self-reliant adulthood. Our programs are built to give every fellow the confidence, grit, and self-reliance they need to succeed as a global citizen in tomorrow’s world.
If you are feeling burned out, a little lost, or unclear about what you want to do or who you want to be, you don't need a year off. You need a Year On.
Gap Year 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 volunteering in one of our 5 Explore destinations: India, Indonesia, Mexico, Peru, or Tanzania. 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
Fellows then 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.
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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 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.