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Champion Your Gap Year

A Gap Year Gameplan membership gives your access to tools and coaching that help you build your vibrant future, while connecting you to a community of Gappers across the country.

Our next cohort starts on: October 25, 2021

Your gap year is here and you want to make the most of it.

But a lot has changed...

All those high school rules and timelines are gone. No strict class schedule to keep you in check. No late nights doing homework. No more dreaded Zoom meetings.

You’ve got other plans (or maybe a lack thereof). You want to make this year EPIC, but there’s a freaking pandemic happening and what you thought you wanted to do, it may have changed or it’s not an option right now.

You’re wondering:

  • “Am I going to make new friends this year?”

  • “Can I travel? Where can I go?”

  • “How do I gain experience and boost my resume?”

Knowing where to start feels like a weight on your shoulders dragging you down because, well, the possibilities are endless!

But here’s the thing—there's 101 ways to make this year meaningful, purposeful, and transformative.

The catch? It’s up to YOU how you want to piece it together. And that starts with identifying all the pieces first so you can make a gap year Gameplan.

That’s why we created a Gapper learning, growing, researching, connecting, and succeeding platform.

 

It’s called...

Gap Year Gameplan

Because even though it’s a break, you still need a plan.

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CONNECT

Meet Gappers from across the country on Discord and hang out at monthly social and development events.

PLAN

Explore resources for choosing a gap year program, working abroad, and building your resume.

ACHIEVE

Take the lead on self-paced activities and modules that get you certified and recognized.

EXPAND

Access coaching and support that helps you create the map to your future this year and beyond!

Here's how it works (and why Gappers love it!):

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Your gap year is in YOUR control—not your mom’s, not your grandma’s, and definitely not your high school teacher’s.

And that means you gotta start making those small (and big!) decisions around investing in your future as you begin adulthood, your career, and doing your own laundry.

 

The Gameplan is kind of like the investment you’d make with a gym membership. You pay for access to the facilities, but it’s really up to you to decide what parts of the gym you are going to use (in this case, which resources you vibe with most and are most useful to you).

 

You can do the weights from time to time, you can socialize by the shake stand, or you can do every single spin class and start competing in bodybuilding comps by December.

 

But on a serious note, the Gameplan guides you through 6 transformative modules that support your gap year growth (and beyond!). As you move through self-paced planning and learning, you unlock certifications in all 6 personal development categories that provide you a foundation to do BIG things.


In addition, you get access to tons of awesome events and get to know different programs and opportunities that may just be the right fit for your gap year.

Here’s what you can expect from the online learning platform:

SELF DISCOVERY

Start your journey to unlocking and embracing you, outside of the classroom and in the real world.

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Take the lead on your holistic health and wellness so you can learn what you need to take care of yourself.

MONEY MATTERS

Get started on understanding how money actually works and how to navigate your finances as you grow into your independence.

MENTORSHIP

Learn how to find and connect with the right people that support your professional journey as you step into your future.

Each certification helps you boost your resume and chances of earning the Student of Leadership and Humanity Award.

After completing all Gameplan modules, you'll have deepened your skills, expanded on your passions, and worked towards your incredible and limitless potential. 

 

And that deserves to be recognized. 

 

When you complete all Gameplan certifications, your transformative experience can earn you the Student of Leadership and Humanity Award.

 

What can this incredible achievement do for you?

  • Support your work in becoming a young changemaker

  • Broadening your skillset and credibility as you enter the job market or post-secondary

  • Bringing intention and purpose to your gap year

 

To learn more about this incredible achievement, click here.

Teenagers

What our alum have to say about the Gameplan

“For me, it was trying to think about how I could make the most of this year... Just having people around you to give you guidance, so you can go to when you need help.  For me that was lots of people, not just one person.  The entire gap year was really good at helping me build my confidence.”

Max B., 2019 Gapper

"My gap year helped me feel more independent and confident in myself before facing a new adventure in university. Through coaching, I got the chance to identify my strengths and values and then see them in the real world, whether it was at work or traveling. It was such a great choice - I wish I could do it again."


- Hayley M., 2014 Gapper

 

Now, go grab mom or dad. This section is for them!

You know how incredible your Gapper is and how much potential they are harnessing. However, you also know you don’t want their gap year to be a waste of time with no community and too much Netflix.

 

After years of working with hundreds of Gappers across the country, we know a thing or two about keeping Gappers motivated, inspired, and making their gap year not only memorable, but purposeful.

 

The Gameplan membership supports your Gapper with:

  • Making friends and creating community

  • Accessing tangible resources for their future

  • Tools and new skills that teach them to be independent

  • Finding jobs, internships, volunteer opportunities, and programs at home and abroad

 

We also support you along the way with access to your own onboarding so you can get to know our system, a Facebook group to ask all the questions, and quarterly parent-only events with gap year experts.

 

At this point on the page, I’m sure you’re pretty convinced (and your kid is pretty excited) about just how resourceful and valuable their Gameplan membership will be.

 

So, do keep reading if you’re helping your Gapper financially access their membership.

Set yourself up for success during your once-in-a-lifetime gap year.

We believe all Gappers should have access to the right tools and community to thrive. That’s why we’ve created the option to choose your own enrolment fee. 

A well-lived gap year is literally priceless. For literally half the cost of Driver’s Ed (which only teaches you one skill BTW), you're set up for success.

With our pay-what-you-can model, we invite folks to choose either our standard fee (a steal) or choose to pay it forward by contributing to the fees for someone who needs financial support.

 

Now, you take the lead and decide what you’d like to invest in your future (while offsetting the cost for other Gappers in need).

$500 | $700

(CAD + applicable tax)

Does this sound like the PERFECT membership for you, but keeping costs down is the only way you can make your gap year happen?

There’s no way we’re going to keep you from accessing all this goodness just because of your financial situation. Thanks to the generous donations of other Gapper families, we've got another option for you.

Got Questions?

We got answers!

Q: What do I have to do to earn the certificate?

A: To receive your Student of Leadership and Humanity Certificate, you must complete a total of seven reflections over the course of 12 months.

Q: Is this program for me if I don’t want to travel or need/plan to work on my gap year?

A: Absolutely. Whether you plan to travel, volunteer, work – or some combo thereof, this certification is for you.

Q: What do I have to do to receive my Student of Leadership and Humanities Certificate?

A: The Student of Leadership and Humanity Certificate is presented to all gappers who:

  1. Submit an intentional and thoughtful gap year plan

  2. Complete five required reflections related to the focus areas of the program ( ‘Who am I?’, ‘My Wellness’, ‘My Finances’, ‘My Future’ and ‘Mentorship’)

  3. Design and implement one independent project.

Q: Is the certification for Canadians only?

A: No! Though we are a Canadian non-profit, we welcome participants from around the globe. Depending on your location, your certification will be issued either through our organization (The Canadian Gap Year Association) or our partner organization the US-based Gap Year Association.

Q: Can I get one-on-one help if I need it?

A: There are lots of ways we keep participants motivated and moving forward including scheduled live (online) events, check-ins and encouragement through our online community and automatic reminders when you haven’t accessed the course in a while or hit a particular milestone.

Q: How long does the certification take to complete?

A: It takes approx. 40 hours to complete the requirements of the CanGap Certification – but, like most things, you’ll get out of it what you put into it. Our goal is for you to want to spend lots of time on the real life activities that you design based on the tools and materials of this program so that you can maximize your growth, learning and gap year experience.

Q: My parent is going to sign me up. How do I provide you my information once they do?

A: It’s often parents who do the actual enrolling – which is just fine. They should input their own information during the check-out process. Once that’s complete, they will be sent a link to a gapper registration form for you to fill out.

Q: How can I use my certification?

A: You will receive a digital certificate as well as a badge that can be used on LinkedIn and your resume to help you get into post-secondary programs and find meaningful employment.

Q: Are there age restrictions?

A: No. We welcome participants at any stage of life but most of our students are between the ages of 17 and 25.

Q: How much freedom is there to do what I want within the framework of the program?

A: Tons! This certification isn’t about telling you what to do – it’s about opening your eyes to what’s possible and providing the framework and support for YOU to decide which direction to go.

Q: Do I need to know what I’m going to do on my gap year before enrolling?

A:  No! In fact, the first step inside the portal is to help you understand your options and create your gap year plan (so it’s almost BETTER if you’re not sure what you want to do yet!).

Q: What if I don’t complete the requirements of the certification?

A: You won’t receive your Student of Leadership and Humanity Certificate, but will have benefited from any of the activities you choose to participate in.

Q: What measures are in place to keep participants on track?

A: There are lots of ways we keep participants motivated and moving forward including scheduled live (online) events, check-ins and encouragement through our online community and automatic reminders when you haven’t accessed the course in a while or hit a particular milestone.