I started in Boston at one of the oldest prep schools in the country, a place of deep historical roots where the very first public school was established in America in 1635.
I will end just south of San Francisco in Silicon Valley visiting some of the newest most innovative schools our nation has seen, a place where innovation and creativity are leading the way toward continued excellence in education.
Since, January 19th, I have taken our KIVU Gap Year program to over 1000 students, parents, educational consultants, college counselors, and college enrollment officers. I've sat in one on one meetings, group discussions, and endless conversations with concerned Americans who want the best for our rising young generation of high school graduates. I''ve learned a million things in between about where our culture is at today in the education and adolescent development conversation.
But one thing has been consistent from coast to coast. People are READY for this! The gap year concept is no longer falling on deaf ears. It is met with great excitement from people of all spectrums and all institutions. Granted their are plenty of questions/fears/reservations along the way (and I will begin to address each one in later blog posts), but they are all grounded in a real desire to push forward toward excellence in American education. People are asking the right questions, and I believe the gap year idea is providing some highly relevant answers to education reform.
Our goal at the KIVU Gap Year is to be the finest 8 month faciliated gap year experience that you can find in the United States. Through high level, purposeful programming, excellent internship experiences, wise oversight, and careful risk management, we desire to swing the doors wide open for high school graduates to gain a global resume of real world experience before entering their college of choice.
I look forward to unpacking more notes from my journey once this 3 week stretch comes to a close on Sunday. For now, it's off to the next meeting here in the San Francisco Bay Area!