NPR, Communications, Leadership: How Trails Momentum Brings It All Together
This week at Trails Momentum, a young adult wilderness therapy program, students will be completing a supplemental unit in communication and leadership. The students will be listening to a special episode from NPR’s Hidden Brain podcast and learning about the benefits of identifying their purpose. This supplemental unit is a companion to a recent unit on resilience. Research shows that individuals with a defined purpose are able to maintain motivation in difficult circumstances and overcome adversity.
In addition to Momentum’s core curriculum, the program occasionally offers supplemental education to meet the needs of specific student groups. Educators Dr. Sarah Parlier and Josh Rood utilize multimedia resources like TED talks, podcasts, and expert videos to enhance lessons and invite students to engage in larger conversations on relevant topics.
Momentum students are essentially part-time students on their base days, with approximately 3.5 hours of class each day. All students have the option of completing additional academic assignments by registering for college credit through Trails Momentum’s accredited partner university, Western Colorado University. These two classes have been accredited since Feb 2018. Currently, seven students are earning college credit at Trails Momentum.
The academic programming at Trails Momentum continues to be an integral part of students’ experience as it focuses on the key skills that students want to develop and apply in their adult lives.
About Trails Momentum
Trails Momentum is an adventure-based outdoor program for young adults ages 18-25 who are struggling to launch themselves into adulthood. Students 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. For more information about Trails Momentum’s academic programming, please visit trailsmomentum.com or call us at (877) 296-8711.