100% Willing Participants • Brief Essay RequiredMomentum by Aspiro, an expedition-style course lasting only a few weeks, is designed to help youth strengthen desires to make positive choices. With an emphasis on emotional growth, respectful relationships, and increased self-efficacy, Momentum enrolls adolescents wanting to reconnect with values developed in other emotional growth settings, or adolescents simply desiring an intensive personal growth experience.
Program curriculum - in the form of discussion, readings, reflection activities, and journaling assignments - is designed to help students evaluate their current course, reflect on existing values, and strengthen desires to make choices that will positively affect themselves and others.
Momentum 2011The 2011 Momentum course will guide participants through Southern Peru. Teaming with the Heart Walk Foundation, Momentum participants will work alongside Peruvians on community development projects. Aside from offering humanitarian service, participants will learn about Peruvian culture and heritage as they visit important archeological ruins, hike through beautiful terrain, and share meals with Peruvian families.
Michael Escalante, who has worked with Aspiro since its birth in 2006, will lead the 2011 Momentum expedition. Michael and his wife Jodi began collaboration with the Heart Walk Foundation in 2009, and in 2010 they spent a few weeks in Peru building an elementary school with a group of boarding school students. The youth had a wonderful experience and Michael is excited to take Momentum participants on a similar expedition. Michael states that "meaningful service has an unparalleled ability to prompt valuable discussion and reflection. The choice to view others and ourselves with love and respectis at the heart of the Aspiro programs. What better way to facilitate respect, love, and wise decision making than by serving needy and grateful people."
Dates: July 22 - August 7, 2011
Momentum by Aspiro enrolls willing and capable participants, ages 13-17 (coed). All enrolling participants will be required to speak directly with Michael Escalante during the admissions process.
Momentum by Aspiro Online ApplicationWhen completing our secure online application, please provide as much information as you can so we can provide the best advice and service.
Once you have completed the online application please download, complete and submit the supplemental enrollment forms via fax. These forms are available at the above link to our secure online application.
Download and complete the Physical Examination form and the Student Physical form.
Business Mailing Address:
3253 W. 11975 S.
Riverton, Utah 84065
Fax: (801) 454-3805
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Michael Escalante began working with adolescents in an adventure setting in 1997. After living in Latin America for two years - during which time he became fluent in Spanish - Michael worked as the program director for an international service organization and led development projects in Guatemala.
Michael has been with the Aspiro team since its birth in 2006. Deeply invested in Aspiro program philosophy, Michael facilitates the parent workshop and much of the Aspiro guide training. He enjoys writing, cooking, spending time with family, and a gamut of adventure sports.
Heart Walk Foundation
The Heart Walk Foundation has led groups of foreign volunteers through Peru for several years. The foundation ensures that all foreign volunteers have access to phones, emergency medical care and modest, yet adequate, living accommodations. The Heart Walk Foundation supports sustainable development projects. the foundation requires community members to plan, propose, and implement development projects. The foundation offers support as native community members sacrifice time and resources to implement the projects