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Apply for ROP 2022-23

Rites of Passage COVID 19 Impacts

  • Recruitment
    Current COVID-19 guidelines encourage limiting the size of gatherings. Aligning with those guidelines, the
    number of Initiates will be capped at 10-12 young men. Space will be limited so please apply as soon as
    possible and include a resume.

  • In-Person Sessions
    Group sessions will remain the same (~10), but to mitigate risk, most sessions will take place virtually. Activities Co-Chairs will review sessions and will suggest in-person sessions for those best delivered face-to-face (i.e., Law and Me, the session in which current and past law enforcement officers discuss interacting with the police).

  • Initiate Bonding Activities
    It is customary for Initiates to engage in at least four group bonding activities, however due to COVID-19 safety guidelines, these activities may be administered in a virtual environment during the specified months; October - “Get to Know You”

       November - Community Service Activity

       December - Virtual Retreat

       January - MLK Breakfast

       Participation in the MLK Breakfast is contingent on                whether this event will be hosted in 2023 AND if ROP           co- chairs feel that our Initiates are able to participate           in a  safe manner.

  • Community Celebration
    To be determined.

Rites of Passage Requirements

  • Male high school graduating senior, Class of 2023 of African descent

  • Minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.75/4.0 

  • College bound to an accredited institution of higher education for the 2023 fall semester/quarter.

  • Demonstrated commitment to personal growth by participating in secular or religious youth organizations, athletics, student government, academic or other organizations

  • Must complete their individual 360 Survey with application (link sent to applicant after on-line application is received)

  • Demonstrated commitment to community service by meeting the minimum fundraising requirement of $900

  • Participation fee $300 (Due after child is accepted)

Letter of Recommendation

  • Your letter of recommendation must be completed by a  counselor or teacher.  It should detail how this person knows you, the length of time she/he has known you and in the event the committee has questions, it should also include contact information (email, phone #)

  • This letter of recommendation should also address issues such as your intellectual promise, leadership potential, initiative, maturity, independence, concern for others and any special talents.  

Note:  If GPA is between 2.5-2.75 a 2nd letter of recommendation will be required from a teacher, counselor or coach.

Verification Letter & Mandatory Waivers

The verification letter may either be on school letterhead or the attached verification letter form must be completed.

The letter must meet the following criteria:

  1. Certify that the Initiate is in the 12th grade, in good academic standing with the minimum GPA and is currently a candidate for graduation in 2023.

  2. Bear the administrator's name, title, signature, office telephone # or email address.

Three Mandatory Waivers are required for participation in Rites of Passage (Waivers are due after acceptance.  Your child cannot participate until waivers are signed)

  1. Minor Transportation Waiver

  2. Retreat Waiver (Minneapolis Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.)

  3. Retreat Waiver (Camp Iduhapi YMCA or Prior Lake) 

Application is Complete When:

  1. Completed application form with checked consent box

  2. Participation Agreement 

  • Initiate Agreement (signed)

  • Parent/Guardian Agreement (signed)

  3. Counselor Letter of Verification

  4.  Letter of Recommendation (2nd letter if GPA is                      between 2.5 and 2.75)   

​  5. 5-7 Emails addresses for 360 Survey participants​

  6. Participation fee of $300, two payment method

a.) By Paypal: (Fees may apply.)

      b.) By Check: Make all checks/cashiers                      checks/money orders payable to Jack and Jill of  America, Inc. Minneapolis Chapter P.O. Box 16034, Minneapolis, MN 55416. Attn.: Financial Secretary


NOTE: Waivers must be completed before your child can participate in ROP activities.  They will be made available via the Parents Portal once the applicant is accepted:

  • Minor Transportation Waiver

  • Retreat Waiver (Minneapolis Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc.)

  • Retreat Waiver (YMCA Camp Induhapi)

  • Media and Photography Waiver.

2022 Rites of Passage Application


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