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Ep. 703 Jenae Edwards on Art, Skateboarding and Exploring the Bahamas

Ep. 703 Jenae Edwards on Art, Skateboarding and Exploring the Bahamas

 

Listen today to our conversation with Jenae Edwards, who tells us all about how she filled an unexpected covid gap year with meaning. ⁠

Jenae used her gap time to create art and delve deeper into my love of art, while picking up a new skill of skateboarding and learning a lot from the community on her island. She says her perspective of home has completely changed as a result of spending her gap time in the Bahamas…how you wonder? Well take a listen to find out! ⁠

You can check out Jenae’s Youtube page here.

Her art is on sale here

Jenae’s insta is here.

Mucci’s instagram is here.

 

Ep. 702 Aliza Saunders, Tivnu Building Justice Alum

Ep. 702 Aliza Saunders, Tivnu Building Justice Alum

Episode 702 brings you our conversation with Aliza Saunders, a 18/19 alum of Tinvu: Building Justice. Tivnu is a nine-month gap year program based in Oregon that focuses on social justice engagement. ⁠ ⁠ Participants create a community living together, discovering the Pacific Northwest, and exploring the bond between Jewish life and social justice while working with Portland’s cutting-edge grassroots organizations.⁠

Through Tivnu, Aliza says she was able to engage in direct service, learn about marco social justice issues, live in a communal Jewish household, and explore the Pacific Northwest. She interned at Street Roots, a street newspaper that employs houseless and low-income, where I was able to work directly with those experiencing homelessness and organize winter and summer supplies from local faith groups + corporations.

Aliza also worked as a construction intern, building tiny homes alongside formerly houseless individuals. In addition to this direct service, Tivnu participants learned from local and national professionals about the root causes of the issues they observed first hand each day.

Ep. 701 Dan Schmidt, Independent Covid Gapper

Ep. 701 Dan Schmidt, Independent Covid Gapper

We open our newest season with covid gapper Dan Schmidt who has a super interesting gap year story. As a creative, Dan expanded his professional skill set by spending a large chunk of his year as a videographer for the Adventures with Purpose YouTube channel. He helped bring the channel from 250,000 subscribers to over 1 million, all while traveling the country, learning to pilot drones and solving missing person cases through AWP efforts.

Adventures With Purpose specializes in raising submerged vehicles out of bodies of water. AWP got started as an environmental operation but has since helped solve 10 Cold Cases, providing answers and closure for families seeking answers. They have also removed 100+ vehicles from lakes and rivers since 2019. 

Hot Tip: Dan credits LinkedIn for helping him find this fascinating opportunity. If you don’t currently have a profile, consider this your sign from the universe to make one!

Since moving on from his Adventures with Purpose experience, Dan has participated in another internship and is spending the fall on personal media projects. Thanks for sharing your story with us, Dan!

Find Dan at Dan Schmidt Media.

Drone time!
Ep. 605 Gap Year Alum Maytal Agasi on Israel, East Africa and Having a Life of Adventure

Ep. 605 Gap Year Alum Maytal Agasi on Israel, East Africa and Having a Life of Adventure

Harvesting olives at Eco Israel

Maytal Agasi took a gap year because she wanted to break out of the classroom and have an adventure in the real world. And boy, did she! Maytal spent her gap year working on a sustainable farm in Israel with Eco-Israel, traveling and participating in service-learning projects in East Africa with Carpe Diem Education and working closer to home as well. Maytal tells us that her gap time away from formal education gave her an outlet for the first time in her life to learn effectively.

 
Through these experiences, her ambitions shifted completely. Originally aiming to major in art history, her time in Israel transformed her into a proud environmentalist and permaculturalist. Her experience in East Africa offered her a chance for a big adventure –  to travel in a new place while learning about the culture through ethical service projects and homestays. 


Maytal took her gap time a couple years ago, long before the pandemic upended the way we can travel. She tells us how her gap time prepared her for the challenges of the pandemic and how she took the pandemic disruption as an opportunity to have another adventure. 


You can find Eco Israel at https://eco-israel.org/ and Carpe Diem Education at carpediemeducation.org.

Ep. 603 Americorps NCCC with current Corps members Emma McSalis and Amelie Cook

Ep. 603 Americorps NCCC with current Corps members Emma McSalis and Amelie Cook

In this episode, you are going to hear from two exceptional Americorps NCCC members, Emma and Amelie. Emma and Amelie are currently in the middle of their service year and tell us all about the projects they have completed and a few that are still in front of them. Something similar across all NCCC experiences is the diversity of projects Corps members participate in – from disaster relief to trail building to volunteering at the Humane Society to vaccine distribution, these young women and their teams are making the US a better place one project at a time. They’ll tell us more about the experience and what to expect as a Corps member.

National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC), or AmeriCorps NCCC is an AmeriCorps program that engages 18- to 24-year-olds in team-based national and community service in the United States. National Civilian Community Corps teams complete about four different six- to eight-week-long projects during their 10-month term of service. Each team is made up of eight to twelve Corps Members and one Team Leader. Corps Members and Team Leaders are representative of all colors, creeds, states, and economic status. Approximately 1,200 Corps Members and Team Leaders are chosen annually to serve at one of four regional campuses, located in Sacramento, California; Denver, Colorado; Vinton, Iowa; and Vicksburg, Mississippi.

NCCC accepts applications on a rolling basis with deadlines. To find out more and start your application, go here.

Begin your NCCC journey

1. Options to prepare for the application and selection process.

We encourage you to start your application and selection process by using one or more of the options below. If you are ready to proceed with your application, remember to reference the visual guide for tips and tricks as you move through the application process. 
 

Option 1: Connect with us (not required)

Fill out a brief form if you’d like to receive support and detailed information on the AmeriCorps NCCC application process.

Complete connect with us form

Option 2: Join a webinar (not required)

Join us for an interactive webinar on March 18 at 4:00 p.m. (Eastern Time). We’ll host a Q&A panel with a few of our esteemed alumni so you can hear firsthand what it’s like to serve.

Register for next webinar

Can’t make this date? No worries! Check back for more virtual events this winter. A recording of our most recent webinar can be found here.
 

Option 3: Visual guide to the AmeriCorps application process

We’ll walk you through the registration and application process and provide tips for a successful AmeriCorps NCCC application.

View visual guide

Eligibility Requirements

  • To serve as a Corps Member, you must be between 18-26* years old. To serve as a Team Leader, you must be 18 or older (no upper age limit). You may apply to Traditional Corps at 17, if you will turn 18 before arriving on campus. You must be 18 to apply to FEMA Corps.
  • Must be a U.S. Citizen (required for FEMA Corps), or a Lawful Permanent Resident of the U.S.
  • Must pass an initial drug screening test upon arrival to the program. A positive test on a drug screen for any substance (including marijuana) at any time during service could result in dismissal from the program.
  • Team Leaders must have a valid driver’s license, as they will be expected to drive the team vehicle.
  • Must be available for 10-12 months of full-time service consisting of extensive travel.

*The CARES Act, passed by Congress in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, increased the upper age limit for participation as an AmeriCorps NCCC Corps Member to 26 years old. Under the CARES Act, Section 3514(d), the upper age limit for AmeriCorps NCCC members is 26.  AmeriCorps NCCC applies the upper age limit at the time a member arrives on campus and is activated as a member. That means individuals must be on campus and activated as members for at least one day before turning 27. The 26-year upper age limit will remain in effect until further notice.

Ep. 504 Staying Active Post-Election with Justice in June’s Bryanna Wallace and Autumn Gupta

Ep. 504 Staying Active Post-Election with Justice in June’s Bryanna Wallace and Autumn Gupta

 

 

 

“It all started with a conversation.” That’s how Justice in June co-founder Bryanna Wallace describes the genesis of the massively successful Justice in June resource. The conversation was a heart-to-heart with her best friend from college Autumn Gupta after the murder of George Floyd earlier this year. After this conversation, Autumn leapt into action to create a resource to help people become better allies to the black community. What started off as a google doc has grown into a website, an educational tool and another modality to ensure people continue active anti-racist education and action.

In our conversation, we hear about the origin of Justice in June, how people can plug into the resource and their strategies for getting through this week and beyond, no matter the outcome of the election!

Find Your Lane

Bryanna and Autumn advise allies to test out ways to engage with this work and make sure that their method is exciting for them. If protesting isn’t your thing, try writing letter to lawmakers. This diagram below showcases the many ways people can plug into social movements. Bryanna and Autumn have clearly found their niche with education and outreach!

Self-Care During November and Beyond

Spend some time thinking through your self-care toolbox so you can stay strong during election week/month/year. Here are some of the things we discussed as being on our Menu of Self Care:

  • Setting boundaries for how you show up around election time.
  • Staying connected to your faith.
  • Checking in with friends.
  • Activating your “inner-circle” for emotional support.
  • Make plans for social justice work this next weekend or later in the moment so you have something to look forward to.
  • Dance.
  • Stay vulnerable. Feel the feelings.
  • If necessary, host a “pity party” for yourself with a defined length of time.
Thank you Bryanna and Autumn!
 
Ep. 503 Anushka Goel on Virtual Gapping with Global Citizen Academy

Ep. 503 Anushka Goel on Virtual Gapping with Global Citizen Academy

 

 

 

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a covid gap year student? Are you curious what you’d do on a virtual gap year program? Today we hear from current gap year student Anushka Goel, who is participating in Global Citizen Academy.

 

Global Citizen Academy is the virtual offering from Global Citizen Year, an organization that aims to build the next generation of global leaders. Anushka tells us how she is building that skill set alongside her virtual internship with OXFAM.

 

 

PS: Shawn Mendes approves

 

Ep. 501 Katy Oliveira of Collegehood Advice

Ep. 501 Katy Oliveira of Collegehood Advice

Katy Oliveira

Ok, so here’s what we know in September of 2020: There are a TON of students taking a gap year this year! And they are finding creative and meaningful ways to spend their year. We want to help students make the most of their gap year this year- especially if was unexpected.

With that in mind, we invited College Success Expert Katy Oliveira to tell us about skill-building. As the host of the Collegehood Advice podcast, Katy regularly speaks to experts who share tips about how to succeed during college and thrive during life. Katy walks us through the three sets of skills that college students need to be able to thrive on campus and how to build those skills on your gap year.

Show Notes

Skill # 1 Grit & Hope

Companion Episode: How to Grow Your Grit & Hope: https://collegehoodadvice.com/podcast/how-to-grow-grit-and-hope-with-dr-sarah-porter

Skill # 2 Project Management and Organization

Companion Episode: How to Organize Your Week in 20 Minutes: https://collegehoodadvice.com/podcast/38

See also: Gap Year Alum Bliss Bean‘s videos on youtube!

Skill #3 Self-Advocacy

Companion Episode: How to Become Your Own Advocate: https://collegehoodadvice.com/podcast/71

Ep. 407 Julia & Margo on Gap Years vs. Coronavirus feat. Drew Beasley

Ep. 407 Julia & Margo on Gap Years vs. Coronavirus feat. Drew Beasley

Today on the pod we are rounding out Season Four of Gap Year Radio with a feature from your cohosts, Margo and Julia. We discuss gap year and college planning in the time of COVID, something we know so many high school seniors are grappling with this year. For the second half of the show you will hear from Drew Beasley, a gap year alumni who started college both with and without gap time, and speaks to the important that time abroad had on his future, and his current work helping to promote the gap year movement.

Also, for all you cool cats and kittens out there planning a gap year (expected or unexpected) check out the affordable Gap Year Association Student membership! You’ll get plugged into forums run by gap year experts, discounts on gap year related experiences and more!

Drew spent his gap semester with ARCC Gap in the Pacific Islands traveling through Sumatra, Bali, and Fiji. He has been working closely with GoOverseas and the USA Gap Year Fairs to help promote the gap year movement. And you can find Drew’s personal compilation of video media on YouTube or on Instagram @drew_beas.

EP. 406 Gary Robinson of P3 on Wellness While Planning For Gap Year or College

EP. 406 Gary Robinson of P3 on Wellness While Planning For Gap Year or College

In this episode, you have the privilege of hearing from our good friend and colleague Gary Robinson of P3 Mental Health Advisors. Gary is joining us to discuss mental health concerns for current/prospective gappers as well as college students, and gives us some helpful tips for how to manage mental wellness during this challenging and unprecedented time.

“[Students] will actually come out of this stronger, more resilient, with more grit and greater ability to go with the flow in the future.”

– Gary Robinson

You can find Gary and his colleagues at P3 Mental Health online at http://p3mentalhealth.com, and on Twitter and Instagram @p3mentalhealth.