GYA is winding up our schedule for this upcoming webinar season and anticipate having a strong lineup of experts ready to share their knowledge on some of the most salient issues in our field. These webinars are intended not just for gap year organizations, but for any experientially based learning endeavor be they Higher Education, Study Abroad, or Secondary Schools.

As ever, if you have any requests for webinars that you're not seeing, please don't hesitate to reach out to us at webinars@gapyearassociation.org.

Here's what attendees are saying about AGA's webinars


"I would like to thank you for hosting a very beneficial webinar this morning.  I look forward to learning more from future webinars as well."
David E. Garcia, Marketing Director
Love One Love All
"Just a quick note to say thank you so much for a fantastic webinar the other day. It was extremely informative and very valuable to have been able to have listened."
Alice Barnes,
Art History Abroad

$25/person or $50/organization

GYA-members are free

Note: webinars are recorded and automatically sent to each registrant

September 9, 9:00AM PST -

"Pre-Departure for your Fall Program Staff: When 80% of your field staff-time is going to a few students: maximizing the group dynamics in support of sustainability"

>>Presented by Sarah Persha, Director of Education for American Gap Association
CLICK HERE TO REGISTERAs programs working with young adults, we know that almost every group contains High Achievers, Strugglers, and Simply Immature students who are all still in various stages of identity development and individuation. How do you confidently guide each of your Gap students to their personal and collective best in the group context without exhausting the field staff? Incorporating developmental theory, learning styles, studies on resiliency and executive functioning, group theory, this webinar will help you to understand the social-psychology of individual/group dynamics and add to your existing tool belt—and create maturing experiences for all. Theory from Erikson, Yalom, Meltzer, and others will inform our webinar and will become useful references for you and your team.

September 10, 9:00AM PST -

"Pre-Departure for your Fall Program Staff: Executive Function and Dysfunction in the Developing Young Adult Brain and Why it Matters to You as a Gap Program"

>>Presented by Sarah Persha, Director of Education for American Gap Association
CLICK HERE TO REGISTERParents, teachers, leaders of students — all can identify the student with great organizational skills and time management as "mature." What about the student who has uneven executive function and appears dysfunctional in terms of "getting stuff done?" Learn why and how people are talking about the pre-frontal cortex in the brain, home of many executive functioning (EF) skills. Learn how better understanding of the delay in EF can lead to better Gap educator's interactional skills that support students to manage time, projects, responsibilities, and prioritize "getting stuff done." Research from authors such as Meltzer, Hunter, Sparrow will guide this discussion.

September 10, 11:00AM PST to 12:30pm PST -

"Fair Trade Learning"

>>Presented by Eric Hartman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University. Co-facilitated by the Building Bridges Coalition.
Fair Trade Learning is an ethical framework for global service, volunteering, and learning partnerships that emerged in response to the worrisome marketization of the international volunteering and "voluntourism" sectors. The Fair Trade Learning framework has been utilized and vetted in scores of community partnerships around the world, published in several peer-reviewed journals, and featured in The Guardian. This webinar will share the framework and an associated stakeholder rubric while offering space for discussion of each with Dr. Eric Hartman, one of the practitioner-scholars central to the development of this approach.

Dr. Hartman is an Assistant Professor of Leadership Studies at Kansas State University, Editor of globalsl.org, and a Steering Group member of the Better Volunteering, Better Care Network.

November 17, 9:00AM PST -

"Learning Service – a framework for cross-cultural exchange"

>>Presented by Daniela Papi, Deputy Director, Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship. Co-facilitated by the Building Bridges Coalition.
Daniela Papi-Thornton will walk us through the key themes of Learning Service, as a preview of the model driving her upcoming book. Over the last two years, Daniela and a team have been co-authoring a book about rethinking volunteer travel, designed to help those people considering international service to make decisions that best align with personal and global development. Daniela will spend 30 minutes offering key learnings for those in the volunteer travel sector followed by a Q&A.

Daniela Papi-Thornton is the Deputy Director of the Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford's Saïd Business School. She is also the founder of PEPY, a Cambodian youth leadership organization, PEPY Tours, a development education travel company, and "Learning Service", an advocacy group designed to help people rethink responsible international volunteering. She loves building community and has co-created the Monthly Resolutions Club, London’s Brainfood Discussions, Hibernate, and a gratitude journal projected. She is a fellow on the Clore Social Leadership Programme and frequently blogs and does talks about the lessons she has learned through her work. You can connect with Daniela on twitter at @danielapapi.





August 25, 9:00AM PST -

"Successful Service-Learning Models in International Education"

>>Presented by Erin Barnhart, formerly the director of service-learning at idealist.org and director of programs at the International Partnership for Service-Learning
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER What is service-learning? How can it best be incorporated into today's international education? This one hour webinar will define service-learning and its foundational components, then explore different service-learning models in international education, from study abroad to international degree programs to volunteer/service and gap years abroad. It will then conclude with a discussion of how international education programs can consider incorporating service-learning into their existing programs and frameworks.

June 30, 9:00 AM PST -

"Your Computers, Their Data - Safeguarding Information in the Digital Era"

>>Presented by Peter Gregory, Director of Strategic Services at Fishnet Security.
  • You get a call from your bank: your payroll bank account is empty and payroll checks are bouncing.
  • The United States Secret Service calls: credit card fraud has been tied back to your business.
  • You open a spreadsheet you use daily, and Excel tells you the file is corrupted. Your backup copy on the file server has the same problem. In fact, you can’t open any documents on your computer or the file server for the same reason: they have been encrypted with ransomware.

Hackers today have advanced techniques to trick individuals and exploit common holes in technology and, whether you're protecting sensitive information, or simply have a website that is critical to your business, knowing what you can do to safeguard yourself and your organization from cyberattacks is a necessary awareness.

The speaker in this webinar will talk about common best practices for cybersecurity, with an emphasis not on the coding but instead on organizational practices that you can either hire out, or adjust for maximum security. There will be content focused too on the unique issues of international / developing country access and the significantly underreported security concerns endemic to those environs.

Peter H. Gregory of FishNet Security+Accuvant, with over 30 years’ experience in information technology and 20 years of business and data security. He is the author of over 40 books on security and emerging technology including CISSP Guide to Security Essentials, CISA All-In-One Study Guide, IT Disaster Recovery Planning For Dummies and Advanced Persistent Threat Protection For Dummies. He is the lead instructor and an advisory board member at the University of Washington continuing education certificate program in Information Systems Security and an advisory board member for the certificate program in Information Security and Risk Management.

June 9, 9:00 AM PST -

"SEO & Online Marketing"

>>Presented by Mitch Gordon, CEO & Co-Founder of GoOverseas.com.
We all recognize SEO and Online Marketing is important, but it can also be a confusing and frustrating challenge. Join Mitch Gordon, CEO of Go Overseas, as he demystifies the complexities of SEO and helps you develop a longterm online marketing plan to grow your company. We'll focus on content generation & a few technical SEO tricks that will help better target students most likely to sign up for your programs. We'll also have a quick Google Analytics tutorial to help you better analyze your SEO efforts and optimize your website to increase quality lead generation & conversions. You'll leave this presentation with tangible action items you can implement to help your company straight after the webinar is finished.

Mitch Gordon is the CEO/ Co-founder of Go Overseas and the Entrepreneur in Residence at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. His most company, Go Overseas, has become the most trusted resource for researching international education programs around the world. Mitch is a frequent presenter in the areas of entrepreneurship, business and international education. When he’s not working you can find Mitch on a run, hiking, traveling or reading.

June 23, 11:30 AM PST -

"Principles and Pathways: Exploring Frameworks and Tools for Public Service"

>>Presented by Thomas Schnaubelt, Executive Director, Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. Co-facilitated by the Building Bridges Coalition.
In 2002, the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University developed Principles for Ethical and Effective Service. More recently, the Haas Center for has worked with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a framework for social change: Pathways of Public Service. Collectively, the Principles and Pathways shape the Haas Center’s work by describing a range of possibilities by which students can make a contribution to the common good. The Principles inform how we engage in that work and includes six pathways: direct service, community-engaged learning and research, activism, philanthropy, policy/politics, and social entrepreneurship. Introducing this framework to students allows them to explore the ways the public service pathways differ from each other in language, practice, and impact.

Participants will learn how to use the Pathways of Public Service, along with its seven Principles of Ethical and Effective Service, as a framework for exploring and engaging students in social change. Dr. Schnaubelt will describe exercises designed to introduce students to the Principles and Pathways. Additionally, participants will learn about a diagnostic tool that helps faculty and staff understand student predispositions and interests.

Tom Schnaubelt is the Executive Director of the Haas Center for Public Service and an Assistant Vice Provost for Student Affairs at Stanford University. He previously served as the Dean for Community Engagement and Civic Learning at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and the Executive Director of Wisconsin Campus Compact. His career began in Mississippi, where he directed several statewide AmeriCorps programs and built capacity for community engagement at colleges and universities across the state. He holds a BS in Physics from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, an MA in Education from the University of Michigan, and a Ph.D. in Education from the University of Mississippi.

May 19, 9:00 AM PST -

"Managing A Crisis - How to Build your Crisis Communication Plan and Successfully Manage a Crisis"

>>Presented by Travis Taylor and Karmina Zafiro of Fineman PR.
THAT phone call comes in, and you've read the protocols, you've been in the field, you've managed 'situations' before, but are you prepared for THIS crisis? Are you confident that everyone on your team is ready to handle their roles well? What is your primary responsibility in handing the communication both internal and external to your organization?

Every organization operating experiential programs knows that's it's not a matter of "if" but instead a matter of "when" this type of crisis situation arises. Being prepared isn't just a matter of having great protocols, but also of having a great communication plan. Whether the situation is a multiple fatality, a rape, or something that pushes the organization beyond what they've handled before, how the situation is handled will ultimately determine the longevity and efficacy of your organization. Many organizations have had to close their doors from the good work they do simply because a crisis was not handled as well as it needed to.

Join us as we hear from the PR experts at Fineman PR and learn the tricks of the trade for how to navigate the unthinkable. Though many of us have spent years in the field, situations change, and scenarios are never what we plan for - this is an unmissable webinar.

Our speakers for this webinar are Travis Taylor, Vice President, and Karmina Zafiro, Director of Analytics & Social Media at Fineman PR. We are honored to have such experts in the field share with us from the many many years of working in such spheres.

April 21, 9:00 AM PST -

"Creative Fundraising Strategies for Your Students"

>>Presented by Natalie Canfield, Director of Customer Development, Project Travel.
As more and more students look at taking a Gap Year, so too are there recognitions about the costs associated with a quality Gap Year. More and more the pall of exclusivity is lobbed at organizations because of the cost-disparity, and, while many organizations offer some scholarships or minor discounts, there's a growing recognition that students always have some extra funding-gap requiring additional efforts. Colleges, of course have consistent and fairly easy access to Federal Financial Aid, however, most Gap Year organizations do not offer such eligibility for FAFSA and thus, less traditional methods of funding their experience is a growing and vital part of their Gap Year.

As we all know, traveling especially has greater risks for the uninitiated, making the funding of such Gap opportunities all the more important for student safety such that the learning and exploration can be trained by qualified programs, which, necessarily have additional costs. Join us as we delve into some of the less traditional, but successful, fundraising strategies that you can share with your students. These ideas are road-tested and will hopefully make more of your inquiries able to embark on their Gap Year.

Our speaker, Natalie Canfield, is currently the Director of Customer Development for a new online crowdfunding site called Project Travel. She has a long history of working in the Study Abroad field of Higher Education, having previously worked for Global Links Learning Abroad as the Assistant Director of Global Internships. She also has a long history with EUSA Academic Internships, and Northeaster University, a school well known for responsible international ethics of service-learning and education. In her spare time she works as a Life Coach for International Education Specialists.

January 27, 9:00 AM PST -

"Getting Into The Heads of Millennials - What They Want and How They View Their World"

>>Presented by Jullien Gordon, Millennial, Educator, Workplace Systems Speaker.
Millennials' - usually this term is met with some exasperation and a bit of confusion. These, however, are our students, our coworkers, and our future . . . and though their lenses may be a bit foreign to most of us, this generation also brings with it a deep intuition and understanding that if left unused will be a detriment to any organization or program. Join me in learning how they see the world, where their typical strengths are, and learn how to work best with this insightful generation.

Jullien Gordon is a renowned speaker on the topics of youth empowerment, purpose-driven work, and entrepreneurship. He holds two Masters degrees from Stanford and is well regarded as a deep knowledge-base for connecting Millennials to their work and the communities that work with them.

Note, this webinar was rescheduled from an earlier date due to unforeseen illness.

February 3, 9:00 AM PST -

"Experiential Learning Styles - the Art & Heart of Gap Programs"

>>Presented by Sarah Persha, MA. Educational Consultant, Parenting & Young Adult Transition Specialist.
Join AGA Director of Education Sarah Persha, MA, learning specialist and educational consultant, to gain awareness of the unique differences in how people learn and how they engage in challenges, tasks, conflicts, and solutions. Attendees will learn about different styles of learning, how to identify those differences, and most importantly learn a variety of useful approaches to implement in the office and in the field that will optimize your staff and your students’ experience. This webinar will be an engaging hour, with 20 minutes of prepared presentation followed by a robust Q&A session - we invite specific, yet anonymous, scenarios to best facilitate shared learning.

March 31, 9:00 AM PST -

"Marketing Techniques for Businesses - Generating, Tracking, and Converting Leads in the Modern Age"

>>Presented by Marie Schwartz, Founder and CEO of www.teenlife.com.
Marketing strategies have changed in the past few years with technology, social media, CRM software (Customer Relationship Management), and of course the ability to track details of investment per enrolled student.

When was the last time you researched the invested time and income per enrolled student, for each marketing effort?

How do you connect with students on their level ... when we're all so many years beyond their age?

Did you know that Facebook's average user is 35-55 years old? ... and are you still using it to connect with high school and college students?

Join Marie Schwartz, CEO and Founder of TeenLife media as she discusses an intermediate level of marketing strategies and downloads a wealth of knowledge. Marie has an MBA from Harvard and has grown a small business to a large one first-hand, learning many lessons about marketing strategies along the way.

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