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The Year On Experience

Be prepared. For wherever life takes you.

Year On provides educational programs for young adults who are looking to gain confidence, clarity, and direction in their next steps. We currently have two program offerings:


The Year Experience is a three-phase program where students explore and volunteer abroad, focus on their interests and build skills in San Francisco, and launch themselves into the “real world” with the support of their Year On coaches and community.



Our Winter Experience is designed to appeal to students who are looking for a shorter gap. During our Winter Experience, students will come to San Francisco to build skills with a coach and then travel abroad to work on a service learning project.

program overview

About our programs

The Year On experience is broken into three phases that focus on concrete habits, skills, and tools that will help you succeed in college—and life.

Phase 1: Explore

5 - 10 weeks

Tanzania, Mexico, Peru, India, or Indonesia
Leave your comfort zone. Gain a deeper understanding of the world.

Phase 2: Focus

10 weeks

San Francisco
Dive deeper into your interests. Learn how to learn.

Phase 3: Launch

12 weeks

Any Location
Step into the real world. Put your skills to the test.

Our approach to learning

We believe that strong individuals are the key to creating stronger communities. Our activities are built to give you the confidence, grit and self-reliance you need to succeed as a global citizen in tomorrow’s world. Our experiential learning process is built upon four pillars that work together to create the environment and context for experiential learning to occur.

Coaching is a dynamic process that offers perspectives, practices, and tools that help students navigate their lives and adapt to new challenges.


Our content is built around developing hard skills and social-emotional skills that prepare students to navigate personal and professional relationships.


Our wider community of peers, mentors, and professionals helps students learn more about who they are and what they can offer to their community.


Creation challenges students to experiment, practice new skills, and build a bias-towards-action that helps them move towards realizing their goals.


What our fellows say

What's it like taking a
Year On?

We sat down with Cohort 12 fellow, Cole to ask about why he decided to take a gap year and what he's been working on since starting the program.


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Our first program launches in fall 2017. Contact us to learn more about how we can help you turn your students into tomorrow’s leaders.
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