The Radical Gap Year exists to assist high school graduates in becoming disciples of Jesus Christ who leverage their entire lives for the sake of God’s glory among all nations.

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The Radical Gap Year exists to assist high school graduates in becoming disciples of Jesus Christ who leverage their entire lives for the sake of God’s glory among all nations.

To accomplish our purpose, this program is designed to equip and encourage graduates in all areas of life, including godly living, intellectual development, and in terms of everyday responsibilities and life skills.

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Intense study program
Washington D.C.
30 Days
Overseas
  • Discipleship communities
  • Interactive lectures
  • Local community immersion and service
  • International boot camp in South Asia
  • Small group fellowship and accountability with members of McLean Bible Church in the D.C. area
  • Interaction with global leaders like David Platt
  • Personal study and peer interaction
  • Development of life skills and personal management
READ THE COURSE DETAILS & OBJECTIVES

According to a recent survey by TD Ameritrade more than 35 percent of high school students are thinking of taking a gap year between high school graduation and their first year of college. Gap years are encouraged by administrators at Ivy League universities; for example William Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard University says, “The feedback from students almost all the time has been that this experience was transformative. The more life experience you bring, the better off you are in school.” Fred A. Hargadon, then Dean of Admissions at Princeton University states he is “convinced that one’s college education is greatly enhanced by the maturity, experience, and perspective a student can bring post gap year.”

Radical has developed a Gap Year program to provide the opportunity for young men and women to pause and prayerfully collect biblical, theological, philosophical, global, and experiential knowledge essential for making wise decisions—such as life goals, vocation, debt/finances, marriage/relationships, and personal faith development—during the most compressed season of making such major choices. Most high school students are not prepared or equipped to make these major life-directing decisions through the lens of their engagement with God’s mission in the world. The Radical Gap Year provides that time of pause and wisdom-development, in community, to create the foundation of making life decisions based on making disciples of all nations.

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