EXPLORE Gap Program at YMCA of the Rockies

Discover your passion and see what’s possible!

Our EXPLORE program will provide a variety of experiences designed to build your personal and professional skills through training sessions and outdoor adventures, while working in a genuine Rocky Mountain location. As an EXPLORE participant, you will have both structured and free-time opportunities to explore the Rocky Mountains and spark your enthusiasm for the outdoors.

Our 5000 acre property is surrounded by over one million acres of National Forest and Wilderness Areas, making it an outdoor enthusiast’s playground. Our training sessions will incorporate outdoor activities to assist in facilitating the session in a fun experiential ways. In addition to the structured sessions, there are additional opportunities to receive CPR and Serve Safe certifications.

Meet some of our team members.

  • Customer Testimonails

    ELEVATE has given me more life and work experience, to try things out and see what I like. The people and mentors are the best part in helping me explore what I want to do.

    Claire, ELEVATE New Jersey
  • Customer Testimonails

    Being forced out of my comfort zone has helped me learn about myself and others. I have loved every minute of it.

    Will, ELEVATE Illinois
  • Customer Testimonails

    By the end of the first week, we all felt like family. I have been able to adapt and thrive in a new environment. It’s hard to find one word that encompasses it all.

    Gustavo, ELEVATE Florida

Ready to start the EXPLORE application process?

That’s great! Applications are now open for fall 2017! Here’s what you need to know in order to make the most of your TREK experience.

How does the EXPLORE program work?
EXPLORE is offered in two independent four-month semesters. A participant is not encouraged to repeat the program.
  • Spring Semester: February 19, 2018 – June 8, 2018
  • Fall 2019 - Dates To Be Determined
Participants that successfully complete our program will be eligible to stay on as YMCA employees for up to four additional months within the department they started the program or another department of interest.
How much does the EXPLORE program cost?
The program fee is $500. Fifty dollars of this fee is payable at the time of application. The program fee helps to defray the costs of training sessions, transportation, and other expenses.
Where is EXPLORE located?
Located near Winter Park, Rocky Mountain National Park & Grand Lake, Snow Mountain Ranch offers a wholesome environment where friends, families & groups enjoy a tranquil setting, more activities than anywhere else & quality time together. Every season brings fun and excitement for the entire family. Whether you are looking for adventure or a relaxing stroll, we can set you on your way.
What can I expect to gain from EXPLORE?
As an EXPLORE graduate, you will emerge with greater self-confidence, self-awareness and a sense of purpose, along with memories of great places throughout Colorado. You will learn practical job skills, such as: communication techniques, team building, leadership, conflict resolution and setting goals for where you want to go from here. Through an employment experience in a mission-based, not-for-profit organization you will gain an understanding as to how your work positively impacts our guests, and greater enthusiasm for the Rocky Mountains.
You will complete the program better prepared to face upcoming challenges such as starting/finishing college, applying for/engaging in employment opportunities, living independently and exploring the world. They will live and learn as part of an intentional community within our YMCA center. Additionally, specialized certification programs are offered in Servsafe, CPR and Hospitality.
Are drugs and/or alcohol permitted?
In accordance with our healthy spirit/mind/body mission and federal law, we have a zero tolerance policy for alcohol or drugs on property; in addition, no drug use is tolerated (including marijuana) during your employment with us whether on- or off-duty.If you want to use marijuana, don’t apply for the EXPLORE program.
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please contact Amy Williams, Gap Program Supervisor via phone at 970-887-2152 x4119 or by email awilliams@ymcarockies.org.

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We invite you to join us in this amazing work—to develop your skills, to realize your leadership potential and to discover a career that is so much more than a job.