Virtual 
Experience

15 weeks

$7,995

Registration Closes: August 15

Explore

Wayfinding Curriculum +
Virtual Volunteer Project
Phase One: 5 weeks

September 8 – October 9

Focus

Skill-building curriculum +
Virtual Externship
Phase two: 10 WEEKS 

October 12 - December 18

Live Together. Learn Virtually.

All Virtual Experience fellows have the option to add housing to their experience for an additional $6,000. All locations are first-come, first-served.

Brooklyn, New York

Eclectic museums, trendy shops, and endless happenings are hallmarks of Williamsburg. The G/L and J/M/Z trains are all in close proximity providing easy access to Manhattan and all of Brooklyn, perfect for a long walk, speedy cycle, or quick drive to the Lower East Side.

Chicago, Illinois

Set in the Heart of Chicago, the Lower West Side a historic district given new life through some of the best that the city has to offer. Celebrated for its authenticity and vibrant style,  this neighborhood is located close to downtown Chicago and the Illinois Medical District.

Los Angeles, California

Larchmont Village has a small-town charm only minutes away from Hollywood, Beverly Hills, and Downtown L.A. This historic neighborhood features a bustling Main Street, home to some of the city's coolest local restaurants and shops, along with gorgeous historic architecture.

Communal Living Made Easy

All Year On housing will be in pods of 8 - 15 students, depending on location. Each location will have an on-site community coordinator who will support students and help build community.

Private bedroom, furnished with a nightstand, lamp, and a comfy bed.

Living spaces fully furnished with quality pieces

Kitchens outfitted with high-end appliances, dishware, and other essentials.

Laundry, utilities, household essentials, and WiFI are all included

Weekly cleaning of all common spaces to ensure a healthy and friendly environment

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Your Virtual Experience is divided into two phases

Phase 1 - Explore

5 Weeks
Sept. 8
Oct. 9
Start Phase 1 on Aug. 31
Wayfinding Curriculum
two hours every morning

Start every day by participating in our Wayfinding Curriculum

Start designing your life based on your values and goals. You’ll be an active learner who first digests the topic of the day and then debrief in small groups led by one of our community coordinators. You will gain a deeper connection with how/what you learn by understanding and designing your own perspective.

What you’ll learn

  • How to set goals
  • How to create healthy personal habits
  • How to create effective work habits
  • How to design your life
  • How to create your community

Why it’s important

Designing your life is helpful for wherever you choose to go after Year On: college, a job, an internship. Learning the skills to be a self-directed and not a passive learner will strengthen your sense of purpose and help you find your “why.”

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Virtual Volunteer Project
TWO HOURS Every Afternoon

Then, volunteer with an organization you want to support

After your morning of refining your values system and what is important to you, you’ll develop a self of self through helping others. Your afternoons will be a continuous reminder of Year On’s philosophy that strong individuals create stronger communities.

Choose a field you’re excited about:

Education

For those who want to support the next generation

Volunteering for an education group is a great option for fellows who want to create meaningful connections with young people who are looking for extra support with their schoolwork. Fellows will work with underserved communities and foster a love of learning in a virtual after school setting.

Virtual Volunteer Project examples
  • Provide one-on-one virtual tutoring in Math, Science, English, or Writing
  • Support underserved communities with homework help 
  • Teach English as a Second Language to American refugee communities.
Social Justice

For those who want to fight for change

The task of changing the world happens one step at a time, by people motivated to do the work. By volunteering with an organization in this space, you will be contributing to forward movement for families, communities, and the world at large.

Virtual Volunteer Project examples
  • Work on public awareness campaigns 
  • Translate material for front-line organizations (best for bilingual speakers)
  • Create research material around little-known issues affecting the public 
Health

For those interested in public health

Volunteering for a health-focused organization is a great option for anyone with an eye toward pre-med or public health. You’ll gain experience tracking and responding to community health issues, learning the fundamentals of emergency medicine, and an opportunity to advocate for improved health practices. 

Virtual Volunteer Project examples
  • Learn emergency health crisis response 
  • Educate the public on health related causes
  • Advocate for better health practices 
Government

For those who are civically minded

Volunteering for a political campaign online will be an entirely new experience. Fellows will have the opportunity to support your candidates with virtual canvassing, voter registration, and designing social media campaigns. Outside of the presidential elections, get involved with a cause you believe in, including climate action, reproductive justice, immigration, and LGTBQ+ rights. 

Virtual Volunteer Project examples
  • Register voters
  • Design educational materials to help students understand the election process
  • Virtual canvassing
Environment

For those dedicated to environmental advocacy

Volunteering in the field of environmental conservation gives fellows an opportunity to positively impact the environment by advocating, and educating online to fight climate change. Fellows will develop skills in building social media campaigns, blogging, and producing educational materials. 

Virtual Volunteer Project examples
  • Raise awareness on the effects of plastic use, littering, and pollution 
  • Design environmental educational materials
  • Virtually teach composting or tree planting  
End Phase 1 on Oct. 2
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Phase 2 - Focus

10 Weeks
Oct. 12
Dec. 18
Start Phase 2 on Oct. 5
Professional and Foundational Skills
two hours every morning

Continue by learning practical skills to set you up for your next steps

During this time you'll continue to work with coaches and peers to help you build on your strengths and identify areas of improvement. Building on Year On’s Wayfinding Curriculum, our Professional and Foundational Skills Curriculum helps you build skills for life and work. Personalized coaching allows you to get the focus you need to help set goals, learn valuable practices, and break down barriers.

What you’ll learn

Understand how to complete high-quality work and grow your skills. Learn how your new skills guide your future career aspirations and choices.

  • How to manage your time effectively
  • How to manage projects
  • How to share stories
  • How to build professional relationships
  • How to search and interview for a job

Why it’s important

44% of students who graduate college are underemployed and more than 60% say that college didn’t prepare them for their first job.

That doesn’t need to be you.

After building your portfolio you’ll realize all of the transferable skills you’ve learned that are applicable across industries and jobs.

Our coaches have worked at:
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Externship
TWO HOURS Every Afternoon

Finally you’ll contribute your unique skills to a company and gain relevant work experience

Complete an eight-week externship with a real company who is an industry leader and making incredible impact in the world. Externships are your ticket to a front row seat to an experience most students don’t get until their senior year of college. CEOs, partners, and executives will share their expert advice and mentorship to see you grow and succeed in your program.

Choose an externship in an industry of interest:

Business
Entrepreneurship
Finance
Non-Profits
Startups/TECH

Gain experience with potential externship positions like:

Venture Capital Analyst

Creative Digital Marketing

SEO Marketing and Content Creation

Social Media Marketing Intelligence

AI Advertising Data Training & Analysis

Music Artist & Music Label Business Development

In addition to time with your host company your EXTERNSHIP includes:
  • Weekly manager check-ins with your peers to ask questions and learn from each other
  • Self-paced, online video and written training that teaches key skills and explain how to complete your projects and tasks
  • Written and real-time feedback on how to improve your work
End Phase 2 on DEC. 11
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Interested in our Virtual Program? Registration is now open!

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FAQs

Have questions about this experience?

What do I do during the two weeks of focus that I am not in my externship?

Before your externship starts, we will work with you on the professional development needed to prepare for your externship.

What’s the difference between an externship and an internship?

Internships and externships are very similar in that they are time-limited jobs that provide purposeful, short-term work experience in a professional setting. Externships are typically shorter in duration than internships, are generally unpaid, and are intended to give students a short but meaningful professional experience that can aid in their path to career.

HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST?

The cost of the program in $7,995. Students may opt to earn up to 18 semester credits for their work in our program through a partnership with Portland State University, and there is an additional cost of $1,700 for this academic coursework. This administrative fee is set by Portland State University and the Gap Year Association, and it covers enrollment in special student status at Portland State, grading, and registrar costs.

DO I GET TO PICK MY COACH?

No, but we take care to match our participants with one of our coaches based on a number of factors, the most important of which is impact potential. 

What if I don’t like my coach?

Our coaches are enormously skilled and enjoy working with young people with diverse interests. It doesn’t happen often, but if the match between participant and coach is not proceeding well we’ll intervene, and if the situation is untenable we’ll match you to a new coach.

How are coaches matched to students?

We look to match our participants with a coach based on the potential for learning outcomes. Our coaches are working professionals who are working in a variety of fields, many of which will be relevant to the interests to an individual student. Coaches share professional savvy from their own work experiences and help contextualize that for the participants they advise based on the interests of the individual. For instance, a skill we focus on in the program like negotiation would be applied differently for a participant interested in entrepreneurship versus another participant focused on the performing arts. It isn’t just about learning the skills; coaching adds the depth and insight and perspective of working professionals that show how those skills can be applied with professional etiquette. Some of the companies at which our coaches are employed full-time include Google, Lyft, University of California San Francisco, Airbnb, Fire Capital Management, Newsela, Coach, Zapier, PopEd - The Education Studio, Story Count, Foundry College, Diversibility, Tesla, and Microsoft.

Do I get to pick my volunteer opportunity?

Yes, you’ll be able to choose from a variety of virtual volunteer options to select one that matches your interests most closely.

Can I earn college credit for this program?

Yes, academic credit can be earned by those wishing to do so. Students have the option to earn up to 18-quarter hours (12-semester credits) of college credit through Portland State University via a partnership with the Gap Year Association (GYA). Students interested in earning academic credit for their gap experience at Year On will be enrolled in a non-degree seeking student status at Portland State University where they’ll choose from more than a dozen courses specifically designated for participants in gap year programs like Year On. All coursework can be completed remotely. Assignments include reading, journaling, and writing, and there is a significant amount of flexibility in terms of how you can tailor your focus of study within each course. Since Portland State University is an accredited institution through the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities, coursework completed at PSU is widely accepted throughout the country at both public universities and private institutions. To ensure that PSU credit will successfully transfer and not interfere with a deferral plan, we encourage students to contact their college or university’s admissions office directly.

Can I use 529A funds for this program?

Possibly, and only if you’re planning to earn academic credit. According to current federal guidelines on 529 plans, funds can be withdrawn without penalty to pay tuition and fees at any postsecondary educational institution with a federal school code. Portland State University’s federal school code is 003216. However, It’s always best to consult a licensed financial planner before making any financial moves with your tax-advantaged college fund.

Summary

Program Dates

Phase 1: explore
September 8 - OCtober 9
Phase 2: Focus
October 12 - December 18
Total Time
15 Weeks

Numbers

Program Cost:

$7,995

Program Cost + Housing:

$13,995

optional College Credit:

Up to 18 transferable credits

Outcomes

  • Community of like-minded individuals
  • Volunteer experience
  • Real world marketable skills through internship
  • Framework to set goals and follow through
  • Portfolio of projects on things you’re interested in
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