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Program Participants

Closing the Gap Year is for youth and young adults who have a desire for more than the status quo but may not have the support, resources, know-how, or 'know-who' to get to the next level. 

Closing the Gap Year is also for those youth and young adults who may have missed previous opportunities to have their talents, passion, and potential discovered, supported and developed.  

Why Join Our Program?

Group Hug

Get surrounded by people who will encourage you to dream and think beyond the status quo

Leadership Presentation

Gain skills and get assistance to get you where you want to go

Modern Creative Office

Identify your strengths and take control of planning your life!

Stock Exchange

Gain tools and monies to invest into your financial future*

Job Interview

Build your social network and get connected to new people


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*Note participants must complete program requirements to receive these benefits

Who Can Apply?

Youth and Young Adults who are:​

  • Between the age of 18-26

  • Live in the District of Columbia (focus in Wards 7 & 8)

  • Not currently working or in school; or will be graduating high school with no plans for work or school

  • Aging out of foster care with no plans for work or school



  • Complete an application

  • Have a desire to dream and explore life options


The application period for Fall 2023 in now CLOSED. 

The next application period will open December 2023 with the next start date of January/February 2024.

The Fall 2023 cohort, or group of participants, will run from September 13 - December 20, 2023.

The 15-week program meets every Wednesday from 6:00pm-8:30pm at the DC Dream Center.

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