Two decades of combined personal coaching experience inspired parents Kim Marie and Raluca Kannan to start a gap year program for high school graduates, empowering students with skills to thrive in adulthood.

BOULDER, CO, September 24, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — For many students, college is inevitable due to parental or societal expectations. But with student debt climbing in the US, many graduates hesitate to dive into college before discovering their passions. Sometimes students take a gap year after high school or college — a time to work, travel, or volunteer — as they attempt to navigate the rest of their lives.

Kim Marie and Raluca Kannan decided to take it one step further by offering students a nine-month program at Parzival Academy that bridges the gap between school and entering the world. Marie and Kannan are Life and Leadership Mentors trained as Ontological Coaches with Newfield Network.

“We created Parzival Academy to help young adults create a meaningful, sustainable life that breeds confidence,” Kannan says. The program is for any student — ready to dive deep — who cares about their future, sustainability, and their ability to navigate the world, and who has a thirst to discover who they are and how they can use their unique drive to live authentically.

“We are offering students what they don’t get in high school or college…the opportunity to truly know themselves, believe in themselves, and have the wisdom to create a life that realizes their true potential,” says Kim Marie.

About: Life and leadership coach, Kim Marie, co-founded Parzival Academy in 2020 to offer students a gap year alternative after school. As an expert mentor, she has been coaching both individuals and groups to cultivate resilience and integrated relational work since 2009. Her programs, inspirational talks, and writing have helped hundreds of clients restore confidence and courage to navigate life with more clarity. Learn more at

For more information, visit the online press kit To request an interview with Kim Marie, contact International Publicist Michelle Tennant Nicholson: [email protected] or 828-749-3200.

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