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Rites of Passage as a Framework for Community Intervention with Youth

By David Blumenkrantz, PhD, and Marc Goldstein, PhD, in Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice

Discover the 20 core components of a rites of passage process that could reshape the way we approach community and youth development.

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The Center for the Advancement of Youth, Family & Community Services, Inc.
Home of the Rite Of Passage Experience©
WHAT YOU WILL FIND ON THIS WEBSITE. This website presents key information about The Center's successful Rite of Passage Experience© (ROPE®) initiative, which we partner with communities to co-create as an experience that can positively impact young people as they come of age as adults as well as strengthen the fabric of the entire community. We do not offer or promote rites of passage programs for individual parents or children. Read More »

Our Mission
Rite of Passage Experience©
The Center’s mission is to promote positive youth development and to assist children in the transition through adolescence to becoming healthy adults connected to their communities. We accomplish this by creating effective school and community-based strategies in partnership with parents, teachers, counselors, and community leaders. Read More »

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NEWS REPORT DOCUMENTS 10 TOWN RITE OF PASSAGE EXPERIENCE
The Architectural structure for youth & community development through rites of passage was utilized as a way to bring a community together and engage them in new ways to prevent substance abuse and other youth problems by promoting more positive and socially sanctioned rites of passage. Read More »

New & Noteworthy
What's the story with play?©
August 2014

What would we be doing in youth development and education if we believed that play served survival? Play, as Nietzsche wrote, is the conceptual key to the universe. It is one of the most valuable health promoting, life affirming and sustaining things almost all animals do.

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Education as Initiation: In Search of Self©
July 2014

What is the primary purpose of education? Before the twentieth century higher education focused on the formation of student character. It helped young people develop the ethics, values and integrity for civility and civic engagement. It was a place of initiation.

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Raising Test Scores or Raising Children?
June 2014

All children need to be engaged in a process of transformation in order to become students who are capable of empathy, cooperation, achieving academic success, self-understanding and finding their place in the world.

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