We believe everyone has the capacity to navigate our world to achieve their dreams.
At some point in our lives, we all encounter a gap between where we are and where we want to be. How we approach those gaps throughout our life is what determines how successful and ultimately how happy we are.
We believe there is a gap in every young adult’s journey: the gap between high school and their next step. Who am I? What do I want to do? How can I make the most out of college? How do I succeed without the structure of high school?
Year On exists to help ambitious high school graduates close this gap, equipping them with the tools, skills and habits they need to define their own path to self-reliant adulthood.
Year On gets its roots from UnCollege, a college alternative program started by Dale Stephens in 2013. As a freshman at Hendrix College in Arkansas, Dale came to the conclusion that he needed time to decide what he wanted to pursue professionally. In January 2011, Dale quit college and created a hub for the international experiential learning community at UnCollege.org. UnCollege then launched its first gap year program in 2013.
What we learned from four years of running gap year programs is that, taking the next step after high school without a clear sense of where you’re going is scary and confusing, and, at worst, costly. This motivated us to help all young adults, not just those who were looking for a college alternative, to see the world and figure out who they are and where they want to go in life before college. Our Year On program does just that.