The GAP Year at SOAR is specially designed to empower young adults ages 18 to 24 with ADHD or other Learning Disabilities through adventure, travel, and independent living.
Our gap year program provides young adults the opportunity to discover their talents, to increase self-reliance, and to experience life changing adventures. Developed directly from parent feedback, this program meets the needs of those who have graduated from high school, but are not quite ready to step into a university or work-force setting. Participants are provided a structured environment in which they may pursue areas of interest and travel for the purpose of improving knowledge, maturity, decision-making, leadership, independence, and self-sufficiency. Participants will alternate between Residential Living in Dubois, WY and Expeditions throughout the western United States.
The expeditions provide incredible opportunities for participants to challenge themselves, experience once in a lifetime adventures, learn valuable lessons, practice independent living skills.
Participants decide and plan where their expeditions will take them and what activities they will participate in on the trips. This gives them ownership of their experience and makes each year new and unique. Activities may include rock climbing, backpacking, canoeing, kayaking, rappelling, rafting, fishing, hiking, exploring national parks, cross country skiing, snowshoeing, hot springs, riflery, and wilderness skills.
While on base, participants will have the opportunity to volunteer at a location of their choice and enroll in courses through Central Wyoming College totaling 4 credit hours.
The volunteer experiences give participants the chance to develop new skills, gain on the job experience, and grow personally and professionally while giving back to the community. The courses through Central Wyoming College will include a Workforce Readiness class, Orientation to College, and Personal Financing.
Campus & Facilities
Situated on 22 acres at an elevation of 8,000 feet, Eagle View Ranch is tucked into the mountainside of the Wind River Range, overlooking the DuNoir Valley and the Absaroka Mountains that stretch into Yellowstone.
Participants live with at least one roommate while on base and will share common living areas. This setting allows Gappers to experience real-life responsibilities in a real-life setting—interacting with peers, cooking meals, doing laundry, and organizing their space.
The Gap Year at SOAR is an expeditionary opportunity for young adults ages 18-24 with ADHD and other learning disabilities.
The Application Process
- Call us at (828) 456-3435. We look forward to learning about your young adult and helping to determine if we are the right fit for you and your family.
- Complete and submit an application.
- Interview with the Program Director
- Additionally you will be required to submit:
- Most Recent Assessment (include psychological evaluation if available)