What is the research saying?
The American Gap Association reported from their 2015 alumni survey that students who opted to do a gap program, experienced the greatest impacts related to their personal growth and development.
On average, they had shorter times to college graduation and higher GPA as compared to national norms.
They are also currently experiencing higher levels of job satisfaction and civic participation as compared to national norms.
Harvard published an article listing the benefits of attending a gap experience, one being that prestigious colleges are now looking at these experiences as a desirable experience for their students. https://college.harvard.edu/admissions/preparing-college/should-i-take-time
Yes, we see the wonders that a gap experience can do for the right young man, but what happens and what we can do for those that are not ready to be dropped off in a foreign country to figure things out for themselves?
The Bridge Program for Young Adults offers struggling young men the opportunity to access all the benefits of a gap program, but with a solid structure of therapeutic support and vocational exploration.
We work with our students to help them learn the skills to become well-rounded citizens by encouraging them to move out of their comfort zone, immersing themselves in a different culture and challenge their own perspectives.