The THRIVE Center for Emerging Young Adults

 

Identity 

“I applaud your identity. Be who you are without fear of what others may think of you.”

– mother of Heron’s Gate participant

As important as getting a job or finishing school, establishing a clear and stable sense of identity is the fuel for the movement towards sustainable independence.

If you look closely at your child as they integrate the lessons of Heron’s Gate, what will appear most compelling are not the new tasks they have taken on – school, job, some degree of financial responsibility – but the “tectonics of their souls” – the wrenching and shifting of the building blocks of self into a more cohesive, powerful whole.

Don’t expect or look for finished products – the development of self is a work in progress. But they will have taken a huge transformative step, as their identities will have now formed and emerged to a degree that will afford them the motivation and integrity for sustained movement forward.”