ELEVATE - 4-Month Gap Program
YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center

Join us for a semester of work experience, community service, and outdoor adventure!

On the stunning eastern edge of Rocky Mountain National Park


ELEVATE - 4-Month Gap Program

YMCA of the Rockies - Estes Park Center
Estes Park Center, Colorado
$240.00 / week
No experience required
Start Date:
Job starts in 4 months (Aug 10, 2020)


Our ELEVATE program will provide young people with a variety of experiences designed to build confidence and to provide life skills training. The three components of this program are employment experiences in the hospitality industry (rotating through departments in our resort), outdoor adventures, and meaningful community service.

This program is designed for participants age 18-22 years old.

Program Date: August 10, 2020 – December 04, 2020

Program Structure:

  • Paid seasonal employment, rotating through Guest Service focused departments (Food Service and Housekeeping)
  • Recreational opportunities (both scheduled and informal) to explore Rocky Mountain National Park and our stunning locale
  • Opportunities for deeper reflection and relationship-building
  • A week-long service trip
  • Regularly-scheduled small-group workshops and training sessions on topics of interest
  • Opportunities to continue working at the Estes Park Center for up to 4 additional months as seasonal or pursue a full-time opening with us

Program Outcomes:

ELEVATE participants will emerge with greater self-confidence, self-awareness and a sense of purpose. Participants will meet all walks of life and learn to lead with heart. This is a place where nature inspires and quality time happens naturally. Our serene surroundings of Rocky Mountain National Park will provide moments of tranquility and a greater appreciation for the outdoors. Time management skills and learning to be a team player will be gained from having a job with us.

Our property is bordered on three sides by Rocky Mountain National Park - an outdoor enthusiast's playground. Planned excursions will allow participants to hike, climb, snowshoe and enjoy other outdoor pursuits. We will provide a variety of training and certification opportunities (which may include CPR, Wilderness First Aid, etc.).

What Distinguishes the YMCA of the Rockies ELEVATE Program from other Gap Year programs?

  1. The Cost. Not only is the enrollment fee ($50) lower than most, you actually have the opportunity to earn the fees back, and put money away in savings, because during your four-month program you will be working 40 hours per week at the Estes Park Center in a variety of hospitality-focused jobs. As a result of your work, you will receive room, board, and an hourly wage plus employee perks. The program cost (after enrollment fee) for the program is $550.

  2. The length. Our four-month program will allow participants to take part in other gap year opportunities (before or after your ELEVATE experience) OR will allow you to stay on in a seasonal staff role.

  3. The location: The Estes Park Center is surrounded on 3-sides by Rocky Mountain National Park and is located just about an hour away from Boulder and Fort Collins. ELEVATE participants will live with one other roommate in dormitories, with access on the property to a pool, gymnasium, fitness track, tennis courts, mini-golf, 18-hole disc golf, roller rink, biking and hiking trails, and many other recreational opportunities.

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