By Colin Foster
When people reach young adulthood, their lives shift in a different direction.
Friends from high school break off and go their separate ways as they try to discover a true calling or passion in life.
A few young adults in Miami County wanted to start a group where people could socialize with new people, have fun, give back to the community and support one another on their journey through life — and hence, Miami County Alive for Young Adults was born.
“It really just kind of started with there being nothing around for us as young adults to do,” said president Jason Watercutter, a 2007 Troy High School graduate. “Once we graduated, there was really nothing for us. We felt we were kind of left out.
“It’s really just getting started. We’re just trying to figure out what the group is all about. Faith, friendship and being spiritual, those are some of the things we value, and we also want to give back.”
The group’s motto is “Friends, Fun, Faith, Service, Recreation.” Alive is an interdenominational Christian group sponsored by St. Patrick Church, which welcomes young adults of all faiths. It was started nine months ago and it is ran entirely by young adults in Miami County, who aim to serve others in unique ways.
The group currently has a core of about 15 members — and they are looking to expand in membership before the year is over. Alive isn’t just for people who attend St. Patrick, it’s for anybody in the area with a high school diploma.
“We have contacted many area churches and hope to join their outreach to young adults. We’ll invite them to join our Alive events, too,” Alive secretary Diane Mengos said.
The next big event on deck for Alive is a New Year’s party for Children’s Hospital, which will be held at 6 p.m. Dec. 30 at the Fricker’s Party Room in Troy. Young adults in the area are invited to attend the event, which will include free nachos and friends. During that time, they will wrap more than 100 New Year’s gifts for the children who are currently down at the Children’s Hospital in Dayton.
“We are working with Children’s Hospital on this. It’s going to be a fun party, we’re going to be wrapping gifts and writing messages for the kids down there,” Mengos said. “We want this to be a fun party, and we wanted to really do something special to get children toys for the holidays.”
Thus far, the gatherings have succeeded well. Alive held a summer cookout, a brainstorming session at Marion’s Piazza, a Habitat for Humanity service day, and two faith night’s, one-hour discussions led by young adults who tell how something or someone helped them grow in faith.
“Listening to each other helps keep faith growing,” Mengos said.
The group is also looking to help out at area soup kitchens, help at Riverside of Miami County, and is hoping to spend a weekend in Appalachian community this summer, helping those less fortunate.
“Our main goal going forward is just to get a solid group going,” Watercutter said. “We do have these long-term goals, like going to Appalachia and stuff like that. But for now, our main goal is getting a good core of us to meet, either twice a month or more than that. We want to keep it growing. We want to extend it, broaden our membership and get more ideas for the future.”
Any young adult in the county can join Alive by going to their Facebook page “miamicountyalive.” Questions and membership information can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.