The transition from adolescence to adulthood can be a difficult experience, filled with uncertainty and emotional, cognitive and physiological change. Given the specific challenges faced by Black youth in Toronto, Rites of Passage offers resources, guidance and support as they move from one life stage to the next. Our Afrikan-oriented approach encourages critical thinking and fosters a sense of purpose, responsibility, community perspective and resiliency.
Through individual counselling and group activities — including art projects, community events, volunteerism, Elders’ circles and trips — participants explore their identity as young adults and work toward long-term personal growth and success. Rites of Passage graduates serve as community role models, reporting improved self-esteem and higher rates of enrolment in post-secondary education. Many stay connected to the alumni support network for years to come.