The Gap Year Training Library is designed for public and private school counselors, educators and youth mentors who understand the potential of the gap year and want to develop a well-rounded knowledge of this increasingly popular path. The information in this course will empower you to recommend the gap year option to your students with confidence.
This resource library is not a traditional course. Once you enroll, you will have unlimited access to this library of information in perpetuity. It is designed for busy professionals who will return to the information as the need arises with their student body. After enrolling, you'll gain access to a private Facebook group moderated by Julia that will offer a sounding board for your specific gap year questions. Your enrollment also includes a one-year educator membership to the Gap Year Association, which will provide you access to additional professional development resources.
In the The Gap Year Training Library you’ll learn:
- The definition and benefits of a gap year
- How to identify good gap year candidates and the profiles of gap year students
- The types of gap year opportunities and examples of gap year itineraries
- How to empower your students to plan their gap year without becoming the planner yourself
- How taking a gap year dovetails with college planning (admissions, financial aid and deferring)
- The finances of taking a gap year including resources for scholarships and financial aid
- How to promote gap years in your student body
Each unit in the resource library includes dynamic materials like videos, infographics, easy-to-read overviews, articles, podcasts, TED Talks, tools for students and more!
If you treat this resource library as a training, upon completion participants should be able to:
- Define the gap year concept
- Recognize the value of experiential education in the development of the adolescent brain
- Identify the types of students who could benefit from gap time
- Describe the categories of gap year opportunities and where to find additional information on these options
- Discuss the school counselors’ role in introducing the gap year concept to students
- List gap year informational resources (books, websites and other media)
- Design and implement educational programming to inform students of the gap year option through one-on-one counseling and/or schoolwide activities
The Gap Year Training Library was developed by Julia Rogers, founder and director of EnRoute Consulting. Julia is one of the country's leading experts in the gap year industry.
Julia Rogers is a seasoned traveler, gap year consultant, writer and speaker. Julia is the Founder of EnRoute Consulting, a firm dedicated to providing mentorship and logistical support for young people who take gap years after high school. Over the past ten years, Julia has become an expert in her field by advising hundreds of students, as well as personally visiting gap year programs in over twenty countries. She works with high schools, colleges, service-learning organizations, non-profits, government entities and families to further experiential education and ethical travel. Her favorite destinations are Morocco, New Zealand, Laos and Nepal. When not traveling, she enjoys snowboarding, mountain biking and hiking in Stowe, Vermont, with her husband and two kids.