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Don't take a year off—take a Year On

Year On gets its roots from UnCollege, a college alternative program started by Dale Stephens in 2013.


Year On offers gap year and semester programs for high school graduates looking for the confidence, clarity, and direction they need to succeed in their next steps in life.


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PHASE 3: LAUNCH

3 Phases. 2 Countries. 32 Weeks.

PHASE 1: EXPLORE

Leave your comfort zone. Gain a deeper understanding of the world. Explore a new culture.

Live in San Francisco. Dive deeper into your interests. Gain life skills. Work with a coach.

Step into the real world. Put your skills to the test with a project, bootcamp, or internship.

PHASE 2: FOCUS

10 WEEKS | ABROAD

Phase 1: Explore

Dharamsala, India

Moshi, Tanzania

Bali, Indonesia

Huanchaco, Peru

Merida, Mexico

Our network of professionals help you explore your professional field of interest.

10 WEEKS | SAN FRANCISCO

Workshops

Apply your learning in a real world context. Work on things you want to work on.

Meet professionals, explore your interests, and get clear on your path.

Projects & Portfolio Development

Phase 2: Focus

Community

Direction Finding

Live in a dorm with a community of Year On learners.

Professional Advising

Coaches help you clarify your goals and set you on a path to success.

Daily workshops teach you the life skills you won't learn in school.

Coaching

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.

ALLISON B., 2016 FELLOW

LAUNCH: FJORD, ARTIST IN RESIDENCE | SAN FRANCISCO

12 WEEKS | YOUR CHOICE

Phase 3: Launch

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.

LAUREN M., 2017 FELLOW

LAUNCH: BOOTCAMP, UX/UI | TORONTO

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