RITES OF

PASSAGE PROGRAM

The implementation of a year-round Rites of Passage Program will help reverse the achievement gap for young black males in the rural black-belt south. We will ask critical questions, explore, and provide experiences in 4 intersecting domains: 1) the self: identity consciousness, immersion in black historical achievement, art, culture, and science, self-care, life skills, goal setting, critical thinking and problem solving, fitness, and spiritual development; 2) the community: civic engagement, collective work & responsibility, cooperative economics, consensus decision making, democratic processes, social transformation and the role of change agent; 3) the natural and built environment: principles of sustainability, the divine design, biotechnology, wind & solar, water catchment, observing and living in harmony with the cycles of nature;  and 4) career and vocational exploration: assess college and career readiness, administer interest surveys, explore career, technical, and trade options, skill building, job shadowing, field trips, and guest speakers.

A SAFE

SPACE FOR

BLACK BOYS

The Rites of Passage program will positively impact black males in a variety of ways. Through the curricula and learning objectives students will: have greater appreciation for the land and nature itself, and how we as individuals are part and parcel of it; demonstrate character development based on values of cooperation, social entrepreneurial ship, self-determination, self reliance, interdependence, and hard work; explore ways to increase positive family relationships; learn strategies to deal with school expectations; develop leadership skills; increased motivation; explore career options; take field trips; interact with professionals from various walks of life; and controlling the source of food production; leave with stress management and coping skills, important life skills; be better prepared to deal with adverse situations; critically reflect on the choices they make.  The programs will be heavily focused on the art of creating and manifesting and to envision their ideal life.

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