Rites of Passage
Rites of Passage is designed to help students experiencing a range of life’s challenges that impede academic and social success. It strengthens the students’ academic achievement and provides affirmative social, emotional, and cultural identity development.
D.R.U.M Method: Discovering Rituals Understanding Manhood
D.R.U.M (Discovering Rituals Understanding Manhood) Method is a researched-based framework and program which aims to increase attendance and graduation rates and post-secondary college/career success in high school male students of color. Grounded in African/Indigenous rituals, manhood development, and hip-hop pedagogy, Rites of Passage is designed to help students 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.
The D.R.U.M. student experience includes:
- Extensive use of African/Indigenous rites of passage rituals
- Experiential learning and study of African, African American, and Latinx culture, history, and literature
- Monthly Rites of Passage Trials
- Higher Learning Day at a University/College, Rites Intensive Retreat, Manhood Seminars/Cyphers, presentation at annual Gathering of Leaders, Rites of Passage Celebration
- Holistic support to students – an exploration of social/cultural identity, social skill development, academic support and motivation, career and college exploration, artistic expression, spiritual growth, recreational activities, family and community outreach
- Guest speakers, community service opportunities, field trips, and student internships
The D.R.U.M. Facilitator Course takes place over seven consecutive weeks and provides schools and community organizations with the knowledge and tools required to implement the framework and programming into their instructional day, after-school programs, and/or extracurricular activities. Participants will be placed in a cohort and receive in-depth training on the programming model, framework, rituals, and the elements needed to support the success of young men of color holistically.