Year Experience

32 weeks

$24,000

Step away from your everyday life, discover what’s important to you, and develop the skills and confidence you need to succeed in college and beyond.

Travel & Volunteer
throughout the US

Phase 1: 10 weeks
Break

Learn Habits & Skills
in San Francisco

Phase 2: 10 WEEKS 
Break

Launch a Project
of Your Own

Phase 3: 12 WEEKS
10 weeks | ABROAD
Break
10 WEEKS | SAN FRANCISCO
Break
12 WEEKS | ANYWHERE

10 weeks | ABROAD
Break
10 WEEKS | SAN FRANCISCO
Break
12 WEEKS | ANYWHERE

PHASE 1

Start your year by volunteering domestically

EXPLORE: OCTOBER 5 - DECEMBER 11, 2020

Begin your Year Experience by setting out to one of our domestic destinations to volunteer and give back to a local community. Choose one of these sites to start your Explore phase: Florida, Montana, or Hawaii.

Where you'll go:

Florida, Montana, or Hawaii.

WHat you'll DO:

Live with peers, and work on a service learning project to contribute to the local community.

what you'll LEARN:

Be part of ongoing, sustained, and meaningful community projects, and connect with the people whose lives benefit from those efforts.

Choose a service learning project that excites you

Environmental Activism

Create educational materials that focus on anti-littering and anti-pollution

Education Support

Work alongside adults with disabilities in an intentional self-sustaining community

Animal Welfare

Support rehabilitation efforts in an accredited animal sanctuary

Political Activism

Volunteer on a local, state, or national campaign

Environmental Conservation

Raise awareness and build solutions to marine debris in coastal communities

Youth Advocacy

Provide extra-curricular activities for children in underserved communities

Environmental Activism

Create educational materials that focus on anti-littering and anti-pollution

Education Support

Work alongside adults with disabilities in an intentional self-sustaining community

Animal Welfare

Support rehabilitation efforts in an accredited animal sanctuary

Political Activism

Volunteer on a local, state, or national campaign

Environmental Conservation

Raise awareness and build solutions to marine debris in coastal communities

Youth Advocacy

Provide extra-curricular activities for children in underserved communities

“You are confronted with your own potential, you are forced to embrace your otherness through travel .”

- KISA M., 2015 FELLOW
much if not more, just about life in general. It isn’t necessarily a book-smart kind of learning, but more like a worldview of learning.

-SEAN, 2015 FELLOW
PHASE 2

Then, head to San Francisco

FOCUS: January 10 - March 20, 2021

Live in San Francisco in our dorms, work in our co-working space in downtown SoMa, and explore the city by the bay. During this time you'll work with coaches and peers to help you gain a better sense of who you are and where you want to go, while developing the skills to get there. You'll also connect with our network of professional advisors who will help you prepare for what's next.

Where you'll go:

San Francisco

WHat you'll DO:

Work with a coach. Narrow your focus. Gain new skills.

what you'll LEARN:

Skills and habits to help to you find confidence, clarity and direction.

What will you do?

Project-based learning

Learn by doing. Work on projects that you want to work on to help narrow down your interests.

REAL-WORLD SKILLS

Learn the skills they don't teach in school, such as time management, public speaking, and managing your finances.

Connect with professional advisors 

Meet professionals who can help you learn more about your career aspirations.

Work with a coach

Have a coach with you every step of the way to help you build on your strengths and identify areas of improvement.

“You are confronted with your own potential, you are forced to embrace your otherness through travel .”

- KISA M., 2015 FELLOW
much if not more, just about life in general. It isn’t necessarily a book-smart kind of learning, but more like a worldview of learning.

-SEAN, 2015 FELLOW
PHASE 3

Finally, step out into the real world (with us)

LAUNCH: April 5 - June 18, 2021

Launch into the world, with the help of your coach. Use the skills you built during the Focus phase to launch a business or project, take a class, or get a part-time job or internship. The choice is yours.

Where you'll go:

Anywhere you want!

WHat you'll DO:

Build your portfolio. Score an internship. Apply for college.

what you'll LEARN:

How to apply the skills you've learned in the real world.

What our fellows do:

start a business

“At the end of the Focus phase, I launched a business called Zorm Ballz. The product was a really cool stress ball in which you could break the inside of the ball and then it would reform within a minute. During the Launch phase, I continued to work on Zorm Ballz full-time. The next steps were pivotal; I taught myself CAD, got myself a 3D printer, and the toys and games have been rolling out ever since! Right now I’m working on licensing some of my toys to larger companies, as well as starting my own toy company!”

Zach O. 2016 FELLOW

Zorm Ballz, Founder & Maker
San Francisco, CA

take a class

"During my time in Launch, I spent my time working on logos and packaging design while learning more about the startup and tech scene. For my internship, I needed some experience and something to focus on, instead of the broad spectrum of graphic design. So I found a bootcamp in Toronto called Brainstation. Brainstation’s full-time UX program is a 10 week immersive course in which students learn everything from the strategy and planning behind designing an app or website to the UI. We learned mainly by doing instead of listening to lectures. By the end of the program, we all presented our own app concept that we had created as our final project."

LAUREN M. 2017 FELLOW

Brainstation Bootcamp, UX Design
Toronto, ON

GET an INTErnship

"At Fjord, my initial job description was, 'Interaction and Service design Associate.' However, my in-house name transitioned to the Fjord Artist in Residence. I’ve had the opportunity to work with big clients—they’re impressive—and for the past three months I was fortunate enough to be surrounded by different designers, all of them great at what they do. I sit in on meetings with clients and I am starting to have a firmer understanding of design thinking—literally, the way designers think. Most importantly, I’ve been able to try different design roles within Fjord to see which one I really take a liking to."

ALLISON B. 2016 FELLOW

Fijord, Artist in Residence
San Francisco, CA

Program Dates

2020-2021
Phase 1: explore

October 5 - December 11, 2020

Phase 2: Focus

January 10 - Mar 20, 2021

Phase 3: LAUNCH

April 5 - June 18, 2021

total time:

32 weeks

total cost:

$24,000

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