One thing I’m always challenged by in talking with interested parents, prospective students, and pastors is what kind of language best describes the kind of education Impact 360 Institute’s Gap year delivers. What DO we deliver? Biblical worldview education, intensive leadership training, and vocational understanding—all in 9 short months before students head off to their respective four-year institutions. Our students are getting 18 semester hours of accredited college-level coursework in addition to leadership training at the corporate offices of Chick-fil-A, Inc. Furthermore, they are getting 1:1 and group coaching to help them understand their God-given abilities and how they might use those to discern their direction in life.
The rhetoric of “gap-year” has been used for a number of years by outside-the-box educators who typically are very quick to pick up on what Impact 360 Institute’s Gap Year is trying to accomplish. Princeton University has had its own gap year since 2009, although it has chosen to adopt the nomenclature of bridge year.
Whatever we want to call this particular “gap” between high school and college, it’s pretty significant that an elite institution is jumping on the bandwagon. Others, such as Harvard, have been encouraging students to pursue a gap year before pursuing a four year degree. Why? Because doing a worthwhile gap year increases maturity in multiple areas of one’s life, which then contributes to even greater student success during the college years. It seems that we Americans are finally picking up on what the Europeans have been doing for quite some time now.
Fun Facts About Impact 360 Gap Year
Here are a few fun facts about our program:
- Guest faculty include Christian apologists Dr. JP Moreland, Dr. Frank Turek, and John Stonestreet
- All students go on an international “immersion” trip Brazil for a full 30 days
- All students receive college, career and performance coaching with trained coaches.
- Our 204 alumni have gone on to colleges and graduate schools including Biola University, Wheaton College, Florida State University, University of Pennsylvania, Baylor University, and Hillsong College (Australia). Those who have graduated have pursued their God-given callings in various arenas, including media arts, business and finance, social work, and international missions.
Click here to listen to a recent podcast where Dr. Jonathan Morrow interviews me on the specifics of Impact 360’s Gap Year and why you or a high student you know should take a look.