Featured Experts: Roy Paul

Teaching Teens About Future Earnings and College Loan Repayments Before They Apply to College!

Roy Paul is Executive Director of Cents Ability. He has many years of experience in the non-profit, political and private sectors. At the age of 19, he became the youngest African-American elected to office in New York State, serving 5 years on a School Board. Prior to Cents Ability, he served as the head of Government Relations and Outreach for the Jamel Robinson Child Welfare Reform Initiative. Roy received his bachelor's degree from Queens College, a master's degree from the New School University, and is the recipient of an honorary doctorate degree from a theological seminary.

Featured Expert: Jane Sarouhan

Creative Gap Years for Different Budgets!

Jane Sarouhan is Vice President of the Center for Interim Programsthe premier gap year counseling organization in the United States. Jane has been working in international and experiential education for 25 years. She spent a decade instructing student groups in Africa and Asia, and another decade developing admissions procedures, pre-departure trainings, experiential education curriculum, as well as risk management protocol for gap year programs. Jane has served on the Board of Directors of the Gap Year Association, and is one of the keynote speakers at the USA Gap Year Fairs. Currently she speaks around the country promoting the gap year on a national level, travels the world to vet quality programs and placements, advises new programs on best practices, and works closely with families to curate the gap year options that will best meet the needs, goals and budget of each courageous gap year student.

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Featured Expert: Ben Welbourn

Get College Credit for International “Gap Year” Kinds of Experiences

Ben Welbourn is the COO of Verto Education and an alum of a self-designed gap year, during which he hiked the Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia, worked in a variety of industries, taught English in rural Peru, and led outdoor education programs in New Hampshire and Maine. Before joining the field of experiential education, he taught at a primarily Dominican-American school outside of Boston. Ben has since overseen international program development, student outreach and recruitment, and business development for a number of student travel organizations. Ben spends equal parts of his free time exploring New York City, and escaping to the woods with his wife and dog.

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