Focus on Youth: Gap Years and Social Media
We were inspired to start Briefcase to Backpack after encountering the lack of Americans doing the same thing on our own career breaks. We did, however, run into many Brits, Aussies, and Europeans embracing the experience – cultures where gap years are very common.
We’ve read reports that the concept of the gap year is starting to become more common in America, and now there is even a national movement behind it. Much like Briefcase to Backpack, Let’s Get Global wants to create a new mindset in the country, but this one focused on youth.
[singlepic=1509,125,,,right]Founded by author and experienced traveler, Rita Golden Gelman, Let’s Get Global’s mission is to encourage and assist youth in the United States to have international experiences – particularly during the year between high school and the next phase of their lives.
Their public relation efforts will include a campaign to educate the American public about the benefits of taking a gap year, creating a comprehensive website full of gap year-related resources, and providing funding sources for potential “gappers.”
[singlepic=1510,225,,,left]Another youth movement comes from our travel geek friends at Sosauce. Sosauce’s interactive website invites travelers who are passionate about writing, photography, exploration, and culture to share their experiences with other like-minded people.
[singlepic=1512,250,,,right]They know all about how effective new media can be to communicate and create social change, and they want to share what they know at their New Media & Youth Action Conference. This free all-day community youth forum will touch on progressive issues such as health, environment, global & local development and cultural diplomacy. Alongside other local organizations, they will be providing an open platform for young people to learn about how to use new media sites and social entrepreneurship to create effective change.
The event will be held on Tuesday, September 1st from 10am – 3pm at the Interchurch Center in New York City. If you know of any youth who would benefit from this great opportunity, please visit the New Media & Youth Action Conference website.