Stages of Life Development: Young Adults

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Young Adults "Young adults have a broader sense of community than older generations." SHELLI HAYNES Young adults look forward to all the exciting life experiences that are ahead of them, while living in a constant state of flux. Young adults are wonderfully talented. Although they have many aspects of their lives "together," they are still trying to figure life out on many levels. Today's young adults face a complicated, multi-layered world that is fast-paced, competitive, and, at times, anxious. Looking behind them, young adults see years of milestones and accomplishments that have built them into the confident people they have become. But looking ahead is far murkier. Young adults are encountering many changes and new responsibilities, and often this can be both exhilarating and scary at once. Young adults are very clear about not being high schoolers anymore, but in their quest to be true to themselves, their new personhood is emerging and transitory. Young adults are in a "caught-in-between" phase of development; they might seem confident one day and extremely insecure the next. Parents and teachers may need to apply new skill sets to transform relationships with young adults from an authoritative model into more of a coaching or mentoring relationship. At college, Kiri balances her class schedule, social life, and other daily routines. Being on her own is exhilarating but scary. Making friends is a little harder than she thought it might be. Even her faith seems different. If she goes to church, it's up to her to figure out how to get there; if she wants relationships, she needs to make them herself. Kiri is eager for adults to trust her to make wise choices. Brian attends HVAC school. He's balancing a full-time job while paying off loans, rent, and utilities. Brian has friends at work but often feels lonely since many of his high school buddies went to college. He attends church and Bible study and is trying to gain a leadership role in the choir. Kiri and Brian are passionate about making a difference in the world. They will be an integral part of their churches if they are taken seriously and allowed to foster honest relationships in the community. They want adults to know they are making their own way in the world, even if they don't agree with everything their mentors stand for. They need compassion and sometimes money but do not want to be told what to do or how to do it. A Day in the Life Young Adults • 1 • cph.org • Copyright © 2019 Concordia Publishing House

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