Gap Year Association


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Professional Bio

Gap Year Association (GYA) is the Standards Development Organization for gap year education in the US, as recognized by the US Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission. GYA is the only national nonprofit working to coordinate the growing gap year
movement. As a public benefit not-for-profit Association with members, we believe that all intentional gap years have significant practical outcomes, whether independent or as part of a formal program. The GYA focuses on four core areas: (1) Research, (2) Equity
& Access, (3) Resources, and (4) Standards & Accreditation. Each year we advance gap year research such as an annual State of the Field Survey, and National Alumni Survey. We also work to promote scholarships and inclusivity efforts within our membership and
the broader community. It is our aspiration that all gap year students should have access to a semester worth of transferable college credit that is supported with access to FAFSA dollars.

As the Standards Development Organization for gap year education, the Gap Year Association oversees a robust accreditation process for gap year providers and consultants.

Clientele Age: Gap Year Students (typically ages 17-22) and Gap Year Education Professionals (typically ages 18-75)
Areas of focus: Experiential education, risk management, standards, research, ethical community-based learning, fair trade learning

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Clientele - Age

Young Adults (Ages 18-25), Adults (Ages 25-65), Older Adults (65 & Over)