The Gap Year Option

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"I've gained so much self-assurance by taking a gap year. I navigated some difficult and confusing situations throughout my gap year that I wouldn't have encountered if I had stayed in the U.S., such as being lost on public transport, and relying on asking for directions in my limited Portuguese. My newfound self-assuredness has also benefitted my academic life. I gained the tenacity to ask questions in class and come to my professors for help, because I know that even if I ask a 'dumb' question, I've learned it's okay to not know the answers and it's okay to make mistakes." --Caroline Smith

Caroline Smith graduated from Carrboro High School and is now a freshman at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She was a 2018 Global Citizen Year Fellow in Brazil. Craig Herb is the Director of U.S. Chapter Development for Global Citizen Year, a gap year program that offers a school-year-long immersion experience in communities in Ecuador, Brazil, Senegal, and India.

Resources:

Article: "Is a Gap Year Good for Your Child's Mental Health and GPA"

Global Citizen Year: https://www.globalcitizenyear.org/

Gap Year Association: https://www.gapyearassociation.org/

AmeriCorps Programs: https://www.nationalservice.gov/programs/americorps/americorps-programs

Year On: https://www.yearon.com/

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Page Cvelich

College/Teen Program Manager

Page Cvelich has brought a wealth of knowledge to the Work/Life Center from prior experience as a high school guidance counselor and parent education coordinator. Page has been responsible for setting up a high school college and career center, designing a career exploration program for teens and serving as a counselor at a backpacking camp in the Rockies. In her role as Teen/College Program Manager, Page enjoys interacting with small groups of parents and teens, as well as consulting one-on-one with parents and referring them to resources so that they are better able to provide the support and encouragement their kids need.

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