Taking the Leap
This video is our attempt to capture the less visible inner value of LEAPYEAR, and to give the viewer a sense of our campus and the residential retreats. Remember that the program includes 6 months of international travel as well as 2 months of retreats in California.
LEAPYEAR for the Emerging Adult
Sam Bull, LEAPNOW's founder, speaks about the need for a different kind of education to meet the needs of emerging adults.
An Introduction to LEAPYEAR
LEAPNOW founder Sam Bull introduces LEAPYEAR - which is both a year of college and the quintessential gap year. The many components of LEAPYEAR are broken down and made clear through words and photos.
The Philosophy of LEAPYEAR
This video speaks to the dysfunctions of our current system of compulsory education, and introduces the reasons why the intent, structure and content of LEAPYEAR is an effective antidote.
Why LEAPNOW? Part I
Sam Bull talks about Transforming Education and the goals and philosophy of LEAPNOW. This is a must-see video for anyone wondering "Why take a gap year?" or more specifically "Why LEAPNOW?". It contains valuable information for all interested students, parents, and counselors.
Why LEAPNOW Part II
Part II of the video above - a valuable re-framing of how education could better serve young adults during the challenging years of late adolescence.
Student Projects and Perspectives
Maggie traveled to New Zealand, Fiji, and Australia on a LEAPNOW Semester in Fall 2005. She subsequently volunteered at an orphanage in India. Traveling to Nepal, Maggie was move by the plight of the children there. She has since created and registered a non-profit and orphanage, and is the recipient of the 2015 CNN Hero of the Year Award, Winner of the 2009 Do Something Awards and the Cosmo Girl 2008 Born to Lead Award. Read more about Kopila Valley Children's Home and BlinkNow.
The day she was interviewed and accepted, a student wrote this song about LEAPYEAR. In the 2010/11 LEAPYEAR she traveled with her group to India, and completed her internship in Cuba.
LEAPYEAR Student Camille shares about the holistic educational experience she has experienced throughout her LEAPYEAR.
LEAPYEAR Student Daria discusses how LEAPYEAR has shaped her life and her journey into adulthood.
Pip discusses his relationship to formal education, and how his time at LEAPYEAR has shifted his perspective on what a good education can be.
During the 2008/09 LEAPYEAR, Brendan traveled to India with his group and studied Shaolin Kung Fu in China for his spring internship. Brendan gave us this interview at his one-year Reunion in June 2010.
Lyndsay discusses her journey of personal discovery, starting at her junior year of high school. She shares the changes that she sees in herself that LEAPYEAR has supported, and her new sense of personal empowerment and purpose.
Profile: Meghan and Isabelle
LEAPYEAR Students Isabelle and Meghan discuss the community that they built during LEAPYEAR and their evolving relationship with media distractions.
Sarah traveled to India and was a midwifery intern in Bali for her LEAPYEAR in 2008.
LEAPYEAR Student, Trevor, discusses the depth of friendship, support, and freedom to make his own choices that he found during his LEAPYEAR.
Rae traveled to India, Vancouver B.C., and Tanzania for her LEAPYEAR in 2005. Rae returned each year for LEAPYEAR reunions. This interview was taped at the June 2010 reunion.
LEAPYEAR Student, Isabel, discusses the differences she sees between her public school experience and her time at LEAPNOW, and how her LEAPYEAR experience has taught her how to thrive.