WHY GAP?

Benefits of Gap Year

Skills Aquired

Advocates

THE ROAD TO COLLEGE

90% of students who took a Gap Year returned to college within one year. Did you know that 37% of students will transfer schools during their college careers, causing them to lose credits that they have already earned? Venture Point assists students in finding the perfect school during their Gap Year to prevent a late graduation.

MAJOR INFLUENCE

60% of students who took a Gap Year claim it influenced or confirmed their major. This could make a world of difference, considering 80% of students will change majors during their college career. Changing majors is the number two reason why students do not graduate on time; taking a Gap Year may help determine students’ directions.

BEYOND COLLEGE

88% of students thought their Gap Year added to their employability. Students who take a Gap Year report being overwhelmingly satisfied with the jobs that they obtain. Venture Point believes in order to make a living, you shouldn’t have to sacrifice your passion. We give students tools that they can use throughout their college careers to become successful later on in life.

All Gap Year statistics were retrieved from the American Gap Association. Check out the full story here!

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JOB SHADOW

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

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TRAVEL

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

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VOLUNTEER

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

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COLLEGE PREP

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.

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VENTURE PROJECT

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.

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MENTORSHIP

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.

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