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Helping students increase college success by planning transformative Gap Years based on life skills and real world learning

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Gap Year Planning

The Gap Year Plan helps students map out their Gap time and helps structure activities and experiences to meet their interests, goals and budget.


Gap Year Internships

Matching students with an internship experience that fulfills key objectives of their Gap Year plan, focusing on desired industries, job functions and skills.

Access a library of articles, presentations and other Gap Year information, including COVID-19 perspectives.

Access a library of articles, presentations and other Gap Year information, including COVID-19 perspectives.

Gap Year Solutions has been featured in many national and local news articles.

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From Our Blog

Katherine’s Opening Monologue

Kids have one chance to be in college. When you step on campus, you want to be the best you can be. What do you need to do that? What skills will help you do that? I speak about Gap Years as well as mentor kids before and during their Gaps Years. Many teens are ready to move on from their parents, but they still need mentors.

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In their own words…

I have also come to appreciate the many benefits of Gap Years. Over time, I learned so much about the benefits from the stories of students, including my own. These are verbatim, taken directly from their post-Gap Year surveys.

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Katherine Stievater

Gap Year Solutions helps students increase college success through transformational gap experiences. Founder Katherine Stievater works with students across the U.S. to structure work, service, travel and other activities into a customized plan. Her approach focuses on student ownership, and building life skills such as problem solving, independent living, and resilience. Katherine’s process with her students creates trust and powerful mentoring relationships. She encourages students to embrace this unique opportunity to step off the traditional path, be authentic, and continue to discover themselves!

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