Rites of Passage helps young black men find way from adolescence to adulthood
It was the start of the weekend retreat for the young men in Rites of Passage, a program for black high school seniors affiliated with the Minneapolis chapter of Jack and Jill. In Henry Crosby's words, the goal is to "help bridge the transition from adolescence to manhood."
Jack and Jill Rites of Passage program promotes understanding of African value system
A line of young men makes its way into a hushed ballroom. Fathers, mothers, mentors and friends dressed in traditional formal African attire eye the ones they raised, chided and guided. The solemn tuxedoed processional suddenly breaks into a choreographed syncopated march of youth making their way into manhood. This is Rites of Passage.
Seniors Evan Weatherly, Obasi Lewis, and Brandon Banks were honored on Saturday March 5 in a Rites of Passage ceremony, a culmination of an eight-month mentorship program designed to prepare African-American high school senior boys for college and the professional world.