Gap Year Solutions believes that all students, regardless of income or background, should have the opportunity to explore whether a Gap Year is right for them (see Five Myths of Gap Years). We help high school and college students from all over the U.S. navigate the huge variety of Gap Year choices, in order to make the most of this time. Gap Year Solutions works with each student to develop options tailored to the student’s goals, needs and interests. Budget, travel, geography, type of work, service, and language immersion are important considerations in designing a Gap Year experience.
Katherine Stievater, Founder
Katherine founded Gap Year Solutions because she feels strongly that the majority of high school students and some college students can benefit from taking a step off the typical path, and become more self-reliant and confident through REAL WORLD LEARNING. She is a graduate of Georgetown University, with over ten years of experience as an alumni interviewer for prospective students, and was a Buyer for Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City. Katherine has four sons, the second oldest of whom completed a Gap Year before beginning college. Her oldest son spent his junior year of high school at a Spanish language school in Spain. Katherine is an Advisory Board Member of the Gap Year Association.
Our goal is to work closely with families to first identify if a Gap Year experience is right for the student. Once the decision is made to embrace a Gap Year, the fun begins! (Yes, we believe this unfolding process of helping your student navigate his or her passions, interests and personal growth should be an enjoyable journey!)
Click here for Katherine’s recent article: “Teens, Anxiety & Gap Years”
Click here for our handout “Discover Real World Learning”.