Everyone wants to graduate from high school and move away from home. They may not even know what they want to major in at college but they want to move out. Why not encourage the high school grads in your life to go to a Bible-based discipleship program for a year (a Christian gap year program) before they start college. A decision that will ground them for life.
We know of a great website that has a listing of many Christian gap programs. It is called the Center For Parent/ Youth Understanding. To learn more about the benefits of taking a gap year, read Derek Melleby’s article “God in the Gap Year: The Benefits of Taking Time Off Before Going to College.”
Derek Melleby is the director of the College Transition Initiative (CTI) since it began in 2005. He states his mission as… ” My hope is to create space for students, parents and youth workers to wrestle with deeper questions regarding higher education. For many students college is simply the assumed next step after high school, a time to have fun before entering the “real world.” But the experts tell us that the years between 18-25 are the most formative years in a young person’s life. Decisions are made during this time that shape people for the rest of their lives. My passion is to see young people make the most of their college years.”
What a great resource for parents and seniors to consider. Thank you Derek Melleby for this information. We hope you check it out and consider a Christian gap year experience for your graduating seniors.
If you like what you read, check out our children’s book, Hooked on the Book, on this website. It is great for parents and kids because it provides the Big Story of God’s miraculous plan for His children in all 66 books in the Bible including colorful illustrations, rhymes and a surprise on every page.