Over the past eighteen months those of us involved in 12plus1 have spoken to many people about the gap year experience. Since a gap experience is a new option in the United States, we are often asked who is your target audience? Here are some profiles of individuals who are considering a gap experience or for whom a gap experience would have been helpful. Every summary is based on an amalgam of a few people with similar stories. This was done to conceal the identity of any one person and to present the wide variety of experiences we have encountered. The more people we have encountered, the more we are certain that this ministry is needed.
The path of high school to college to work is not for everyone. It is a myth to think that everyone follows that route. In fact, only 60% of high school graduates who go onto college finish their degree in six years. This means that 40% of students who enter college are left seeking an alternate path, often with large amounts of debt. It is our belief that 12plus1 could help them discern their professional and academic future in an organized and purposeful way while making a positive and significant impact to society.
We know that our gap experiences will allow participants to:
Make a positive impact on the community
Discover their authentic selves
Become servant leaders
Develop soft skills such as emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, flexibility and adaptability and self-reliance
Discern their academic and professional future
Deepen their relationship with God
Here is how you can support this new ministry:
Invite a young adult to consider a gap experience
Spread the word to your church, civic groups and business colleagues
Provide a financial gift to 12plus1
Join our mailing list and social media network.
Joe Nettesheim is the founder and director of 12plus1. He has worked in Church ministry for twenty five years in the area of adult and youth formation and service learning. He has also been an Executive Director for nonprofit organizations. You may contact Joe