Gap Years and Emerging Adulthood
by Alison Sever
April 10, 2018
by Alison Sever
Coming into our fourth semester of running the gap program together, Jake and I are increasingly aware that Gap at Glen Brook is part of something much greater than our program, and much farther reaching than the gappers that come to camp. Gap at Glen Brook is one fiber on the plume rewriting the passage into adulthood for our culture.
Can you think back to the time when you became an adult? What were the indicators? Was it graduating high school and moving out of your parents’ house? Was it going to war, your first real relationship, a major life event that made you realize something about your ultimate humanity? You may be able to identify that passage as a moment, you might not. You may have had the support of a loving community to celebrate your transition, or you may have had to find recognition on your own. You may be wondering if it ever even really happened…
Gap at Glen Brook is part of the movement to provide this generation—this innovative, individualistic, and impact-oriented generation—with a holistic and transformative rite into an adult life of consequence, authenticity, and gratitude, one that offers itself to the health of the whole.
We acknowledge that the contemporary rite of passage movement is both a new phenomenon and one that is ages old. It is indebted to myriad cultural traditions, many of which have been systemically silenced or appropriated. We strive to contribute to the complex theme of human development from a place of humility, discernment, and curiosity. One of the curiosities we find ourselves with is: with all this in mind, how can we transform the gap year into a crucible for a better future?
It’s a considerable task, but we are humbled to be part of an inspired movement to initiate our youth into this mysterious and complex world.
Learn more about the Gap Year Association here.
Read the entire “Cross Cultural Protocols in Rites of Passage” by Youth Passageways here.