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Jul 25, 2015 9:36 AM

Dartmouth to promote gap year service

The Associated Press

HANOVER — Dartmouth College is partnering with a project that encourages incoming students to take a year off serving their communities in areas such as health, poverty, conservation and education.

The Aspen Institute's Franklin Project connects young people in search of service opportunities, nonprofits and agencies that have such positions and funders from the private sector and government.

Starting with the Class of 2020, Dartmouth will encourage accepted students who want to take a gap year to explore the paid opportunities available through the Franklin Project clearinghouse.

Dartmouth officials are in the early stages of tailoring the program for the college's needs. They say one goal is to create opportunities for students to reflect on their experiences and share them with others when they arrive on campus.


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