Rites of Passage workshop
What is a Rite of Passage?
Rites of Passage is a timeless African tradition that uses ritual and ceremony to guide a person’s holistic development through life’s transitions, helping participants discover their responsibility to build healthy and just communities.
It is based on the multi-cultural premise that a group must recognize and affirm itself before it is able to share and appreciate the differences of others.
In the African tradition there are five Rites of Passages that guide an aspirants life transitions: Birth, Adulthood, Marriage, Eldership, and Ancestorship
An adulthood Rite of Passage program centers on the principles and ideals of manhood & womanhood. This process allows young men & women to transition from one stage of awareness to a more enlightened state of consciousness so as to achieve their full potential. The program can help students who are experiencing a range of life’s challenges that impede academic and social success. It strengthens their academic achievement and provides affirmative social, emotional and cultural identity development.
These rites are critical to individual and community development, and it should not to be taken for granted that people automatically grow and develop into responsible, community-oriented adults.
Social: Work skills, life skills, problem-solving skills, and communication skills
Moral: Personal values, ethics, responsibility, citizenship.
Emotional: Personal identity, self-confidence, peer pressure resistance.
Physical: Conditioning and endurance, life-long physical health & fitness.
Cognitive: Knowledge, reasoning, creativity, test taking and achievement.
Cultural: The Rites of Passage Programs help African American youth to recognize their African heritage and the many global contributions their Ancestors have made to civilization and to the world.
Objectives & Goals
Elements of A Rite of Passage:
"The talons of the eagle"
Symbol of strength, bravery, power
The eagle is the mightiest bird in the sky, and its strength is concentrated in its talons. The Oyoko clan, one of the nine Akan clans, uses this symbol as their clan emblem.