Gap years are continuing to be a growing phenomenon. According to the 2015 Gap Year Association National Alumni Survey report, 92% of gappers surveyed were motivated to take a gap year to “gain life experiences and experience personal growth.” After completing their gap year of choice, “this survey found an association between job satisfaction and civic engagement, and taking a Gap Year, participating in a Gap Year may have implications beyond immediate personal and college/academic out- comes.” Adding a touch of therapeutic support can make all the difference in a young adult’s life, and the success that Yellow- brick has witnessed over 15 years with this population is extraordinary.
Yellowbrick’s rationale for developing an innovative Gap Experience (Off-Campus) is to offer an additional option for emerging young adults and their families when they ask themselves, “Are we ready for what’s next?” These questions have been all the more intensified by requisite restrictions and changes to the post-high school platform due to Covid.
Yellowbrick’s Off-Campus will offer a transitional period that addresses a full spectrum of concerns for emerging young adults and their parents:
Yellowbrick’s nationally recognized developmental-neurobiological model integrates brain research to facilitate normative maturation and assists in removing roadblocks to personal growth. Young adults will establish footing for making stable, sup- ported, and intentional decisions about their life while exploring their passions, strengths, and talents. Off-Campus offers the following experiences:
Yellowbrick has been supporting the emerging adult population to “Find your way home” since 2006. These young adult indi- viduals are looking to “leave the nest,” whether to college, trade school, or beginning a work career. Many young people are not fully equipped, either instrumentally or emotionally and need a window of supported, experiential life experience. Some are also vulnerable such that increased independence involves possible risks.
Which emerging adults would make good use of Off-Campus?
Tracey Reaves MA,
Coordinator of Education and Off-Campus Gap Experience
847 869 -1500 ext 227