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Attention Class of 2014 – a gap year with a purpose

Try a gap year at the YMCA of the Rockies. Make a difference with a mission.
Michelle Hurni

With many high school graduates unsure of what to do with their life, going to college right away may not be the best choice. There's the expense, the time commitment, the party environment, and the lack of jobs after graduation.

The YMCA in Estes Park is offering a choice. The program is called “TREK,” a faith based opportunity designed for high school graduates who want to figure out where to go next. The eight month program is well designed for graduates who want to make a difference in a mission driven environment.

The 2014 program runs from September 1, 2014 to May 1, 2015.

It’s not just a job, but the eight month period includes material entitled “The Emerging Journey” where they will experience faith development, character development, greater self-awareness and understanding, and direction for their lives. There are retreats and special activities for participants.

The program has an enrollment fee, but it can be earned back. Participants work 40 hours a week at either Snow Mountain Ranch (near Winter Park, CO) or the Estes Park Center property. The jobs are mission driven and include room, board and an hourly wage.

To learn more about the program, download the detailed brochure. To apply download and fill out the TREK application.

With college costs growing, and the economy stagnant even for college graduates, there are still options for kids to figure out their next step in a safe environment. The YMCA is a great opportunity for mission driven kids.

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