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USA Gap Year Fair comes to Skyline High School Jan. 23

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How would you like to immerse yourself in the culture of Argentina, France, Ireland, Italy, or Spain? Maybe you want to spend a semester at sea while you work on different research and service projects for local governments? Or perhaps you want a unique internship experience in Africa, Asia, South America, or right here in the US before going off to college or joining the workforce?

These are just a few of the many incredible gap year experiences you could learn about when attending the upcoming USA Gap Year Fair in Ann Arbor.

The Ann Arbor Fair will be held at Ann Arbor’s Skyline High School, 2552 N. Maple Rd, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, with the program beginning at 6 p.m. and the fair running from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but pre-registration is recommended.

To register for the free event, go to www.usagyf2018annarbor.eventbrite.com.

USA Gap Year Fairs is an annual circuit of 43 events that bring together reputable gap year organizations, interested students and parents, educational professionals, and gap year experts across North America each winter. For the past 11 years, the fairs have provided students with a broad exposure to gap year programs that emphasize experiential education and personal growth. Opportunities for face to face conversations with gap year program providers, trip leaders, advisors, and gap year alumni offer attendees a personal and individualized experience.

Alia Pialtos, the Director of USA Gap Year Fairs and Marketing & Outreach Manager of Dynamy Internship Year believes that attending the Ann Arbor fair is an opportunity that should not be passed up.

“By attending a fair, students and families are able to learn about the benefits of taking gap time and gain a better sense of which experiences might suit their own unique interests and goals,” says Pialtos. “At each event, we invite 35-55 gap year programs from all over the world to connect with students and inspire them to embrace experiential learning beyond the classroom. We receive requests to bring the fairs to new high schools all the time since USA Gap Year Fairs is the only event circuit of its kind.

“Not every 18-year-old is ready for college, and students who participate in gap year programs develop essential life skills that help launch them into adulthood with confidence, motivation, and a renewed appetite for learning, leading them to be more successful when they do decide to enter college or pursue a career.”

John Boshoven, Ann Arbor Public School’s Counseling Department Chair and a counselor at Community High School adds: “Taking time between high school and college can be a life changer for students! It can sharpen their focus and better prepare them to hit college in a good stride with more defined goals. We’re excited to bring this opportunity back to students and families in Ann Arbor.”

For more information, contact John Boshoven at (734) 994-2027 or at boshoven@aaps.k12.mi.us / Alia Pialtos at (508) 864-8808 or pialtosa@youinc.org.

For more information on USA Gap Year Fairs, visit www.usagapyearfairs.org or follow them on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

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