Four CPS Grads Get Free 'Gap Year' Abroad: 'I Couldn't Believe It'

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Marcus Goley is a 2019 graduate of Hirsch High School in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. He wasn’t considering a gap year before he was selected for a program that will send him to Ecuador for a year before college. Sarah Karp / WBEZ
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Marcus Goley is a 2019 graduate of Hirsch High School in the Greater Grand Crossing neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. He wasn’t considering a gap year before he was selected for a program that will send him to Ecuador for a year before college. Sarah Karp / WBEZ

Four CPS Grads Get Free 'Gap Year' Abroad: 'I Couldn't Believe It'

Chicago Public Schools’ school year ends this week and for many graduating seniors, it means getting things in order to begin their post-high school life, whether that means college, working or even taking a gap year.

A gap year is when a graduate decides to defer college for a year while they take some time to travel, work, or just pretty much do whatever they want.

Typically it’s something reserved for those who can afford it — seniors from wealthy families who can financially support them while they figure things out.

But now, thanks to an organization called Global Citizen Year, four Chicago teens are getting the same chance to do something they never thought was an option for them.

GUEST: Sarah Karp, WBEZ education reporter

Marcus Goley, graduating senior from Hirsch High School