Momentum Creates Meaningful Holiday Celebrations for Young Adults
The winter holiday season can pose unique challenges for young adults away from home. At Momentum, this time is a unique opportunity for students to come together and experience meaningful connections within the supportive community.
Instead of common religiously-tied holiday celebrations, Momentum chooses to honor the diverse backgrounds of its students through a non-denominational celebration of light on the winter solstice. This thoughtful approach aligns with the season’s spirit and falls near traditional Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Chanukah celebrations, providing a familiar touchpoint for students who may celebrate these with their families and loved ones back home.
December’s winter solstice marks the longest night of the year in the Northern Hemisphere. Traditionally, this day symbolizes coming together and finding light amidst the challenges. At Momentum, the entire student and staff community gathers for a hearty shared meal around a table in the lodge adjacent to a warm and inviting wood stove.
Some students shared reflections on the impact of these unique celebrations throughout the holiday season:
“This is the most connected I’ve ever felt during the holidays.” — K, 25
“Initially, I was resistant to being here [during the holidays], but I can see now that it was a blessing.” — B, 19
Momentum recognizes the importance of fostering a sense of community and connection, especially during times that may traditionally emphasize family and togetherness. The holiday celebrations at Momentum serve as a testament to the therapeutic and supportive environment central to this exceptional community-focused program.
For more information about Momentum and its commitment to creating meaningful experiences for young adults, please contact Jolene McGuire at email@example.com.
Momentum is an outdoor adventure-based therapy program for young adults ages 18-25 struggling to launch themselves into adulthood. Young adults are guided on a journey of self-discovery where they develop self-concept and are empowered to make the transition into independence. Adventure programming, clinical services, family involvement, college coursework, and social skill development are seamlessly interwoven to maximize the transference of important life skills and address clinical and behavioral challenges.