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    Are there a lot of options for kids who want to get out there and make a difference? And I mean really get out and have r/b paid for? I remember my friend's older brother going on a mission for the Mormons, but she didn't or couldn't or something. Was it only guys, maybe? Can't remember. And another guy I dated for a time was trying to find a cause that would take him, but the big guys - Greenpeace, I remember talking about - only took college graduates.

    If there's a natural disaster, I guess you could go with the Red Cross to help the clean up, but not at 17. You can't really do anything at 17 except go to college, can you? Lol. I guess most graduates are 18 anyway. I remember having my college roommate buy me cigarettes for three months until I turned 18.

    I'm sure deferring is the preferable option, especially for parents, because there's an end to the year long summer break - which is what it is, AM you're right. But it would really have to be a case by case basis. I think a lot of kids would lose momentum.

    I'm not sure it's fair to be comparing the general pop to Obama either. She has a few more options. Plenty of money. And is heading to an Ivy, after all. Ya know, besides being the president's daughter. Taking a year between getting an CC AA in hs and completing a BA at CC or state school is pretty different. (Using this as an example because it's been brought up and seems to be the path many people are choosing - not saying it's better or worse than another plan.)
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    Well I took my gap year AFTER college and worked on a cruise ship. Best experience ever. The degree helped land the job, but with a degree in psychology I had no idea what to do with myself. After that I taught English overseas. College degree needed! Sometimes you need a walkabout but timing can vary.

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    Are there opportunities for kids? I dont know, I didnt spend too long checking. Greenpeace you have to sign up to know whats out there for volunteering. Sea Shepherd (we are on their email list) gives r/b, and geocorps (described from a site, as like jobcorps for budding paleontologists) has a list of current short term positions available.
    Geological Society of America - GeoCorps America
    Crewing at Sea - Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

    And it seems internships over the summers between college years is common...

    I think itd be a good time to explore those options, before youre lock-stepped into college and life and career.

    I dont know that much about mormons, but I guess I can say Ive never seen girls out missioning. The men though I guess go out to become gods on their own planet after they die, perhaps theyre expected to know more about how worlds operate.
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    I think part of the problem is that there are not many options besides the military. There is Americorps that does have programs for people without degrees, but those are getting fewer too as funding is getting cut.

    I guess I am going off on a tangent, but I really think more of an effort needs to be placed on service between high school and college. I have had students start college wanting to be a teacher, get to their 3rd or 4th year, when the are doing their student teaching and realize that teaching is not the job for them. Same happens with nursing. And other fields.

    If these students had an opportunity to work as a teacher's aide or in a position that could have had on the job training at a hospital, they would have seen what was required and knew that when they went to college what they didn't want to do. I will see students who finish the degree because they are almost there, instead of changing majors for something else that they want to do.

    Too much money, time and emotion is in college. Nothing wrong with delaying it.
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    Yes, that would be awesome, but no one is going to pay a no-experience, grown child that can only commit to a position for a year. It costs too much to train people to hire them for such a short term. Entry level jobs are going to grads or career changers with some level of professional experience.

    The best a teaching candidate could do would be to work for minimum wage at a daycare. Sure fire way to drive them away! In FL you need a license to do prek, so that leaves you with three and under, but those jobs are usually taken by moms with kids in the daycare.

    Here (the Heaven's waiting room of the state), you can go from zero to a full time job in nursing in two years flat. Without training there's nothing. Why, if you want to be a nurse after all, would you waste a year volunteering and working nights when you could be half way through a program?

    It would be great. But there just aren't temporary, entry level positions in these type of professional fields.
    I'm a work-at-home mom to three, homeschool enthusiast, and avid planner fueled by lattes and Florida sunshine. My oldest is 6 and is a fircond grader (that's somewhere between first and second, naturally), my preschooler just told me she wants to learn how to read, and my toddler is a force of nature.

    I gather all kinds of secular homeschool resources and share them at TheHomeschoolResourceRoom.com.

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    I agree that the temporary, entry level jobs are not available. And that is the problem.

    I worked lots of volunteer jobs in high school, hospital, library and others. I can tell you that the 3 years I spent as a volunteer at the hospital confirmed that there was no way, no how I was going to be a nurse or anything that involved someone else's bodily fluids. (And then I become a mom, so figure that.)

    After volunteering at the library, I knew that I loved working around books.

    These weren't even full time, this was volunteer experiences that were a few hours a month, while I was going to high school and working a job.

    I could have used some time to mature before going to college. I was all over the place and in some ways I still am, but I learned how to focus enough to finish school. But there were issues with health insurance and financial support that made these things difficult. And I finally just said forget it and I went and found a job eventually.

    I really think that we need to have government programs set-up for this. Bring back ROP to all schools, encourage alternative trainings, bring back WPA jobs, expand conservation corps jobs, and other similar. The government can even support students to do volunteer work. Yes, that becomes paid work, but I really think that volunteer work becomes difficult for many low-income students who might want to, but can't afford it. It is a class issue. Frequently students need to do an internship to get a job, need money to to live. Can't do internship, can't get into a particular field, can't figure out if they like that field, and the cycle goes on.

    One college I worked had a fund that would help pay students to work at a non-profit. The organization had to put up a little money as good faith and the rest came from the fund. They were able to sponsor many students to get some training that they otherwise would not have gotten because they could not afford to work for free.

    And yes, I am one of those free-spending, lefties, that supports taxation of the wealthy to fund programs like this.
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    Awww you guys are bursting my idealistic, optimistic bubble!

    Next youre gonna tell me that I dont need a real life coterie of non-xtian homeschoolers.
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