The Awaken Project

The Awaken Project is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization based in the state of Minnesota. The Awaken Project is a Christ-centered, Gospel-focused organization that seeks to witness the irrefutable effects of the good news of Jesus in young adults’ lives. The Awaken Project provides a gap year program for students between the ages of 18 and 25. The program runs from early September through early May. The Awaken Project also hosts a podcast called The Awaken Project Podcast, which can be found on all major podcast listening platforms.

The cost of the program itself – which covers tuition, teachers’ compensation, and insurance – is $3,000, which can be fundraised or paid upfront, with all monies covering the program being sent to The Awaken Project. All students must be fully funded (have sent at least $3,000 to The Awaken Project) by the end of the calendar year in which they were accepted into the program. We recommend that students have approximately $2,000 budgeted for food throughout the year (purchasing and preparing their own meals is the student’s responsibility). Students do not need to have $2,000 fundraised for meals at the beginning of the gap year. Students may look for part-time work during the year to help offset the cost of the program.

In the fall, students attend week-long Bible-school classes every other week. There are seven classes in total throughout the fall. During the non-class weeks, students complete scripture memorization and book reviews for their academic projects. Students also assist with on-site projects (i.e. maintenance of Mount Carmel’s grounds, retreat hospitality, and other odd jobs) as needed. Students are also expected to lead Bible studies for the Lakeside Bible Initiative as the year progresses. On weekends, students assist with programming and hospitality needs for Mount Carmel’s fall retreats. Students will be given at least one day off per week (usually Saturday), but this date is subject to change based on the needs of Mount Carmel’s retreat programming. In the spring, students primarily travel to Quake Event’s weekend retreats to assist with production, leading workshops, and relational ministry with Quake students.


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