Why Choose LEAPYEAR?
LEAPYEAR is both the coolest year of college that you can imagine, AND the most comprehensive gap year program on the planet. It is specifically designed to serve students ages 17 to 23 as they transition from:
- home to independence
- high school to college
- adolescence to adulthood
These are three MAJOR life transitions - all happening simultaneously. Most students make them unconsciously. LEAPYEAR is designed to help students transition gracefully and make better use of an expensive college investment by bringing together:
- the freedom and adventure of a gap year
- the opportunity to complete a full year of college
- the chance to build an intentional context for your adult life
LEAPYEAR gives students the chance to explore their unique purpose in living before diving into the rest of their college experience. Fundamental questions of this life phase are, "Who am I, really?" and "What am I going to do with my life?" These questions arise with a sense of urgency, a strong need to know. This is an amazing time and opportunity for a human being to realize that their life is their own - that they can take the tiller of their life and determine the direction their ship will travel.
Someone once said, "schools were created when students were information-poor and experience rich. Now students are information-rich and experience-poor, but schools haven't changed." At this life stage, we need to learn directly about ourselves and the greater world we live in - the twin contexts that hold our life.
LEAPNOW is unique in that our programs bring together three things that aren't usually found together, but which we feel shouldn't be separated:
A focus on the inner person. The quality of our relationship with ourself determines the quality of our outer relationships, and provides depth in our life. Our Self - body, mind, spirit, emotions, personality - are the context in which we live our lives. It makes sense to know our Self well, or.....the unexamined life is not worth living.
The World - Planet Earth. This planet is the outer context for this human journey. LEAPNOW gives you unparalled access to the world, through an amazing database of over 6,000 internships and learning opportunities in the U.S. and 126 other countries. Learning from real life experience in a time when our experiences become more virtual.
Academic Credit. College Credit through Naropa University is fully integrated into our LEAPYEAR program, and Academic Credit is available for our internship programs. High School completion can also be facilitated through each of our programs.
STUDY EXPERIENCES, LEARNING ABOUT OURSELVES AND THE WORLD
LEAPNOW provides students with access to thousands of diverse international and domestic learning experiences in 126 countries, and offers transformational teachings that give students the opportunity to empower themselves to “be the change that you wish to see in the world (Gandhi).” Cultural immersion, study abroad and work abroad are our main vehicles for learning about ourselves and the world. Intense work and study experiences abroad are complemented with contemplative learning retreats at our northern California campus that serve to teach students how to wholeheartedly participate in the world and live passionately without leaving any parts of themselves out - mind, body, spirit, soul, emotion, etc. We call this way of learning, “Transforming Education.”
TRANSFORMING EDUCATION IS DESIGNED TO:
- Be an antidote to problems that afflict us in the
postmodern world: indifference, ironic detachment, political
impotence, virtual reality, and the mistaken conviction that true power
lies somewhere outside of ourselves
- Reawaken the learner who has been lulled
into a trance by sitting passively for many years in classroom,
and keep us learning in ways that are “juicy” and inherently
meaningful to us.
- Help us find the creative source within so that we
can remember and fulfill our life purpose.
- Affirm the basic underlying unity of life and the
wholeness of the individual – breaking down boundaries within
one’self and between nations or cultures.
- Remind us that the “winged life” is within reach of anyone who is willing to do the work of re-imagining their life