Gap Year Program FAQ's
Our only restriction is that attendees are over the age of 18!
If you mean homework like school with grades, no way! The goal here is to learn things YOU are interested in and things that are relevant to your goals. That does not mean you don't have to work hard; you will "feel the burn" and it will feel good becuase you will be progressing in a direction defined by you!
We have a brief written application so that we can get to know you better. Spelling errors and typos are encouraged! Bullet points save us reading unnecessary fluff, but fluff if you must...
After reading your application, we will likely setup in person, or videoconference meetings to discuss potential goals while at the Lab. We want to make sure we can help you get to where you want to be or it is not in either of our best interests to have you join the Lab.
There are various housing options within walking distance of the Lab. We have a relationship with the Residences of Riverwalk (http://bit.ly/2GPCNv3) where you can arrange short-duration leases (9 months, or in some cases 5 months). Riverwalk is a 0.6 mile walk making cars optional for those who are willing to use public transportation and walk in New England winters. Otherwise, a car is helpful.
In winter months, less expensive seasonal rentals are available in Salisbury and Hampton beaches. It is very quiet there in the winter and a car is required for that option.
Program fees are charged for all programs except for the Pitch Competition. Contact us for pricing information.
For each program, if we help you start a business, we take a small "incubator-sized" equity stake in the business. We hope that you will someday be wildly successful and the lab will be able to continue to expand its offerings to continue with our social mission.
We offer two sessions per year. The First session starts in early-September and finishes by the the end of December. The second session starts in early January and ends in early-May.
We take a break for all standard holidays, plus 3-4 weeks off between sessions and a 1-week break during the second session.
Interesting question. Being accredited would mean that we would have to offer scheduled classes with grades and evaluations. Our Inventives would effectively be students taking full course loads. That is what has not worked for many of them. Their learning here is guided personalized learning, not structured coursework. If we only offered a standard course offering, it is unlikely people would attend our programs in our demographic.
InventiveLabs will likely never be accredited - it simply does not match our mission. In fact, we believe it is part of the issue with our current educational system. We could go on.... but we won't.
Unfortunately not yet. We are not an accredited institution and thus cannot qualify for student loans or 529 withdrawals. We will likely never be accredited (see the FAQ regarding accreditation) due to the conflict with our core mission.
There is legislation in the works that may allow people to convert their 529 plan to 529A plans for people with disabilities under the Americans with Disabilities Act. ADHD, dyslexia and ASD qualify as a disability and would likely make InventiveLabs a fundable program. We are working closely with the State of Massachusetts on this legislation as it works it way through the approval process. It could be a long time though.
No, InventiveLabs is a limited liability company. We consider ourselves a social enterprise. Any fees or donations made to the Lab are NOT tax deductible.