Date: Friday, May 15, 2020, 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm ET (check your time zone)

Presenter: Michelle Dittmer, Founder, Canadian Gap Year Association

Cost: Free


Gap years have always been a tool for promoting mental health, closing financial barriers to post-secondary, and providing clarity for life’s next steps. This year, more than ever, these core elements are true AND we see increased uncertainty in what September will look like for students. Taking some time to let the world settle and to reclaim a sense of power over your own future through a gap year might just be an antidote to COVID-19.

Why You Should Attend

Whether you are a parent or a career practitioner working with students, in this free webinar you will equip yourself with up-to-date data, ideas and tools for supporting your clients and families through deciding if a gap year is the right fit, its benefits and disadvantages in current times. BONUS: Get some examples of gap year-like activities that can be done NOW.

Webinar Learnings:

  • The profile of a COVID-19-impacted student
  • The pros and cons of a gap year
  • What students and families are currently saying about their post-secondary plans
  • What a gap year could look like given a variety of possible futures
  • What resources are available to support families on this pathway

Michelle Dittmer is an educator and youth advocate. She has taught elementary through college, developed international service learning programs, nurtured educational partnerships, and developed youth policy. Having a finger on the pulse of the needs of young learners, combining their need for experiential learning and developing reflective and values-aligned practices, she founded the Canadian Gap Year Association to raise the profile of the gap year as a solution to mental health, lack of clarity and the skills gap.

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