How does the EXPLORE program work?
EXPLORE is offered in two independent four-month semesters. A participant is not encouraged to repeat
- Spring Semester: February 19, 2018 – June 8, 2018
- Fall 2019 - Dates To Be Determined
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
Who do I contact if I have questions?
Please contact Amy Williams, Gap Program Supervisor via phone at 970-887-2152 x4119 or by