Established in July of 2016, Venture Point is a non-profit educational consulting company based out of Central Pennsylvania that serves Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon, and York counties. Venture Point provides a structured Gap Year to students through domestic and international traveling, volunteering in local communities, job shadowing in different fields, and college preparation.



Hello! My name is Morgan and I am the Co-Founder of Venture Point. I hold two bachelor’s degrees: one in Finance and the other in Accounting from Millersville University of Pennsylvania. I worked as a financial analyst for an international Consumer Packaged Goods company for a few years before brainstorming about changing the world further. I love playing my violin, basking in beautiful fall days, and seeing live music.

When we hatched the idea of Venture Point, we wanted to change the way people think about their education. I have found that the best way I learn and retain information is by diving in hands-on, and that was missing from the majority of my education. While the material itself wasn’t flawed, I struggled with finding innovative ways to think and expand my skill set. Education should be so much more than acing a test. Education should be preparing young minds for the future ahead, and giving them the tools they need to help others and themselves. This is ultimately our goal of the Gap Year: to give students the tools they need to make their point, and change the world.



Hi, I’m Adrienne, and I am the Co-Founder of Venture Point. My hobbies include traveling, spending time with family and friends, crafting, and watching/playing sports. I graduated from Gettysburg College with a bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and a minor in Economics. I also played 4 years of softball at Gettysburg. From there, I started my career in the finance department at an international Consumer Packaged Goods company. After a few years, a good friend and I decided to start our own business which would allow me to focus on 2 things I am passionate about – helping others and alternative education.

I have always been a firm believer of learning through experience. During school, I was good at test taking, but never fully retained the information. I started to realize that I learned best by putting my studies into practice. By taking a Gap Year, you will gain real world experiences that will benefit your future education and help give direction for your career. With Venture Point, you will be exposed to new cultures, obtain invaluable mentors and be challenged by situations that will take you out of your comfort zone. I look forward to coaching you through this journey. It’s okay to be unsure of exactly what you want to do with your future, but take this time to discover your passions and start to make your point.


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Students will gain the priceless professional experience they need to navigate the beginning of their career planning. Mentors will help students research career paths and place them into various job shadow programs that are the right fit for them. This experience will stand out to college admissions counselors and give students an idea of what it is like in the real world. Potential Categories:

  • Business
  • Education and Human Services
  • Healthcare and Medicine
  • Humanities
  • Law
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Social Sciences
  • Technology



Students will seize the opportunity to travel to various destinations across the United States and Europe. They will make the most of their time abroad by planning the activities that interest them along with fellow students. Students will discover new cultures and ways of life while learning more about themselves along the way. Travel Placement Categories:

  • Domestic *
    • Nature Lovers: Appreciate some of the natural wonders of the western U.S. that will be sure to take your breath away.
    • Free Thinkers: Explore some of America’s most contemporary towns filled with different ways of life.
    • Southern Comfort: See the sights and feel America’s southern charm through different cities down south.
  • International *
    • France/Spain: Explore Paris, Barcelona, and Madrid
    • Italy/Greece: Discover Athens, Santorini, Rome, and Venice
    • Northern Europe: Sightsee Dublin, Glasgow, London, and Amsterdam
  • Finale
    • The third and final trip is planned entirely by the student. We give you the budget, and you build upon what you've learned to plan one last successful venture.

* These are sample itineraries and are subject to change



Students will make an impact on local communities in need by donating their time to various volunteer organizations. They will engage in communities different from themselves and make a difference where it matters most. Volunteer Placement Categories:

  • Animals
  • Arts, Science, and Culture
  • Children and Youth
  • Community
  • Education and Literacy
  • Environment



We set aside time in students’ Gap Year to help them find the right school that fits all of their needs.

During Orientation, students will research colleges and plan out their visits. Students then have two separate weeks to visit the colleges that they picked out, knowing what details to look for in each one.

Once the schools are chosen, we will guide students through their daunting college and scholarship applications. While the applications are created and owned by each student, mentors will assist with resume building and priorities for each application.



Students will have the opportunity to put all of their learnings to the test through building and executing a Venture Project of their own. Students will create their own Venture, such as a fundraiser or community event, in order to raise money or awareness for students’ local communities.

Venture creation is incubated by each student, however mentors will be by their side to see it to completion. Students will learn invaluable skills that will prepare them for college and beyond, such as time management, independence, adaptability, communication, and much more.

Whoever has the most successful Venture, which can be defined as monetary or otherwise, will be awarded a Venture Scholarship worth up to their full Gap Year tuition at the end of the program.



Mentors will guide students through their Gap Year as a compass, but the destination is up to the students.

  • We begin the program with week-long Orientation, where students build their goals, determine their strengths and opportunities, and attend various skill building workshops.
  • In the middle of the program, students will attend Checkpoint week, where they will reflect on their progress and goals, and plan for the future ahead.
  • Throughout the Gap Year, mentors arrange Flash Flocks, where students take a day to get together and explore local treasures while continuing to build upon their skill sets.
  • At the end of the program, students attend Fledge, where Mentors reflect on the year and award student(s) with the Venture Scholarship.