- Listing Type: Gap Year Programs
- Destinations: United States
- Program Delivery: Day, Residential
- Credit Awarded: None
- Program Length: Semester
- Start Month: February, September
- Category: Travel/Cultural Immersion
- Selective: No
- Gender: Coed
- Ages: 18, 19+, 19
- Housing: Dorm
- Application Deadline: 08/06/21
- Application Fee: $50
- Accreditation: Gap Year Association - Program
- Financial Aid: Grants/Scholarships, Payment Terms, Work Study
- Minimum Cost: $5,000 - $9,999
- Call: (347) 749-1040
CityGAP is an outdoor, NYC-based, experiential program for students 18-22. We engage with New York as a classroom, laboratory, studio and community, wrestling with urgent challenges facing the city. Our program is for young people who want to connect with the world, explore their passions, master life skills and do relevant work with a supportive group of peers.
CityGAP serves young people from around the world seeking a meaningful, creative, and collaborative experience outside in New York City. Our ideal participant is a young person who wants to do hands-on work with peers and expert partners on relevant challenges in the city. We partner with city officials, artists, policymakers, journalists, performers, activists and entrepreneurs. Participants work on both group and individual projects, producing a portfolio of original work in a variety of media.
Participants: 10-12 participants between ages 18-22
Program parameters: We meet outdoors, in-person three days a week, for 4-6 hours with breaks, and indoors or remotely two days a week for 2-4 hours twice a week. The rotation will be determined by the participants and program leaders, and subject to change due to partners’ schedules and the weather.
Example weekly schedule:
- in-person and in the field on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays
- indoors/remote or independent work on Tuesdays and Thursdays.
Program: We begin with two weeks of the “Form Follows Function” project, in which we explore the origins and organization of NYC, and learn to navigate and collaborate. We explore NYC’s street grid, transportation network and neighborhoods, architecture and monuments, and unique social geography, and look at the city through our “5 Living City Lenses.”
We then move into a Group Project designed with input from the participants. The final products, determined by the participants, may include: exhibitions, design projects, podcasts, videos and documentaries, model-making, public art projects, websites, op-eds, policy proposals, performance, walking tours, etc.
Individual participants will also engage in their own Personal Project on a topic they choose, in consultation with the program guides. The program will conclude with an online and/or in-person exhibition of work, including partners, parents and invited guests.
You can hear more about our program on the June 24 TeenLife Virtual Fair.
Cost and Session Information
Fall: September 13 - December 17, 2021
Spring: February 22-May 27, 2022
$8500 per semester
Financial aid available upon request