A 15-week online semester towards a journey of self-discovery
At a time of uncertainty due to the impact of COVID-19, high school graduates and those who have already matriculated at colleges across the country are working to make sound decisions on how to best approach the upcoming start of the 2020 college calendar year, with many deferring college admission. Mind The Gap, a team of educators, parents, students, and researchers who believe education has a purpose, one that helps others find success in the real world — not just in school has officially launched the Mind The Gap LIFE READY Program.
Ready to fill the gap
Currently, the higher education system presents challenges to youths who graduate into the workforce burdened by student debt, lacking workplace and life skills, and reporting high levels of mental health concerns. The LIFE READY Program offers a 15-week semester, empowering an online learning community that was developed to provide a journey of self-discovery. It fills gaps in traditional higher education by giving its participants skills to find success through dedicated experts and resources.
LIFE READY Program approaches the concept of a Gap year in a novel way, and not as a traditional year “off”. Instead a step into the future, providing students with the skills that are not taught in school but are necessary for success in the real world. At the same time, LIFE READY will also allot time and provide tools for our ‘Fellows’ to dive into their personal development and life goals.
To serve equally during Gap year
According to research, students who take a Gap year are 60% more likely to take their academics more seriously and know what they want to study. they stick to their majors while reporting a higher sense of self-awareness and feel “more mature” than their peers. Remarkably, 75% note that their Gap year played a substantial role in their first job placement. The program changes the market stereotype where only the wealthy one has the advantage. All students would benefit from this time.
The LIFE READY Program has been developed for those who have graduated high school in the last five years, and are looking to enrich their lives by investing in themselves. The initial LIFE READY Program semester will begin on September 8, 2020, and run through December 18th, 2020. To start, the LIFE READY Program will accept 30 groups referred to as “Tribes,” each Tribe comprised of approximately 10 Fellows, designed to provide small-group and personalized development.