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WHY A GAP YEAR MATTERS: TAYLOR'S STORY

Taylor spent a year in Aberdeen, Washington with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps. Part of his experience was to serve in a parish and also help in meal program. He speaks about the fear of entering into an experience like this, how success is based on the ability to be open, have a willingness to learn and to live in the moment.

I came in thinking I knew how things were going to be ... one of the biggest things I learned was listening to other people’s experiences and wisdom... that was one of my struggles . . . my experience showed how much we learned from the community and from the people we served and that was a big area of growth.
— Taylor Baar, Service Year Participant
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WHY A GAP YEAR MATTERS: KIM'S STORY

Kimberly Van Beek is a Development Associate at Cristo Rey Jesuit school in Milwaukee. She graduated from UW -Whitewater and then spent one year working before she became a service year volunteer in Pittsburgh through the Change a Heart. In this video she shares the life-changing impact of saying yes and being open. She was changed by her service and community.

It was a year of my life that I feel like I was authentically able to be myself.
— Kimberly VanBeek, Service Year Participant
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WHY A GAP YEAR MATTERS: LAURA'S STORY

Laura Hancock is a Theology teacher at Messmer High School. After college she participated in a faith and service based gap experience in Denver, Colorado through the Colorado Vincentian Volunteers. n this video she shares the life-changing impact of her service year. It influenced her career, faith, friendships- every aspect of her life. We hope you will consider participating in an extraordinary experience like a gap year.

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The commitment to social justice and te engagement with real life, community issues was a way of living faith that I had never experienced before.
— Laura Hancock, Service Year Participant