There are many programs in Toronto that reach out to young people of African descent, but Rites of Passage is the only Afro-Centric model.
We know that young people who are affected by the trauma of poverty, violence and discrimination need extra support and guidance to address the barriers these young people face every day, barriers that are related clearly to their race.
Rites of Passage takes an Afro-Centric approach because we understand that it is critical that young people of African descent develop a positive and deep connection to their community and heritage in order to feel whole and self confident.
Rites of Passage tackles the social inequity affecting our young people directly, by helping young people become adults before they have to make adult decisions.
The young people who participate in Rites of Passage are guided into responsible adulthood and develop a vision of what this means using their own values. Exercises build up a sense of purpose, which will drive participants towards long-term personal growth, and success.
The graduates of Rites of Passage work directly with community organizations while serving as role models to their peers, thus contributing to a stronger, safer community.
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