Strategy #1: Establish a Strong Identity and Purpose


Below is a list of African-American organizations providing programs that build self-esteem and programs that teach Black children about African American culture or African history
Name of Program: Rites of Passage Youth Empowerment Program

Stage: Youth (All ages)

Scope: National

Subject: Community/Scholastic

Specificity: Ethnic-based

Description: Baden Street Settlement’s Rites of Passage Program is for male and female youth between the ages of 11 and 17 years old to teach them the necessary principles, values, cultural history and discipline which will anchor them on their passage through Adolescence , Puberty, and into Adulthood.

Website: http://www.badenstreet.org/rites.html

Name of Organization: The Bridge Builders

Name of Program: Bridge Builder’s Rites of Passage Youth Program

Stage: Youth (All ages)

Scope: National

Subject: Community/Scholastic

Specificity: Ethnic-based

Description: To strengthen the African American community by administering African-centered rites of passage programs that promotes spirituality, scholarship, entrepreneurship and community building.

Website: http://thebridgebuilders.org/page.php?page=Rites-of-Passage-Programs

Name of Organization: Jack and Jill of America

Name of Program: No Title

Stage: Youth (All ages), Young Adults

Scope: National

Subject: Community/Scholastic

Specificity: Ethnic-based

Description: A medium of contact for children which will stimulate growth and development and to provide for children a constructive educational, cultural, civic, health, recreational and social program. Also to aid mothers in learning more about their children by careful study and to seek for all children the same advantages which we desire for our own. Lastly, to support all National legislation aimed at bettering the conditions of all children.

Website: http://national.jackandjillonline.org/

Name of Organization: Band of Brothers

Name of Program: No Title

Stage: Youth (All ages), Young Adults, Adults

Scope: National

Subject: Religous

Specificity: Generals

Description: The ministry is led by a group of men who desire to direct all the focus and glory on Jesus Christ our Lord and King.

Website: http://www.bandofbrothers.org

Name of Organization: Tied To Greatness

Name of Program: No Title

Stage: Youth (All ages), Young Adults, Adults

Scope: National

Subject: Community/Scholastic/Etiquettes

Specificity: Ethnic-based/Gender Specific

Description: An outreach program that seeks to improve the self-image and esteem of at-risk, inner city high school males. Tied To Greatness uses the power of positive male role models, the influence of fashion, and the symbolism of the necktie as a point of manhood and maturity to remind young men about the importance of personal image, and to encourage each participant to make different choices about his future.

Website: http://www.tiedtogreatness.org

Name of Organization: Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc.

Name of Program: Go To High School Go To COLLEGE!!

Stage: Youth

Scope: National, Local

Subject: Fraternity, Scholastic

Specificity: Ethnic-based

Description: The program, established in 1922, concentrates on the importance of completing secondary and collegiate education as a road to personal advancement. Statistics prove the value of this extra impetus in making the difference in the success of young African American men, given that school completion is the single best predictor of future economic success. Through the “Go-to-High-School, Go-to-College” educational initiative, young men receive the information and learn strategies that facilitate success. Alpha men provide youth participants with excellent role models to emulate.

Website: http://www.alpha-phi-alpha.com

Name of Organization: Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority Inc.

Name of Program: Rhomanian

Stage: Youth

Scope: National, Local

Subject: Sorority, Scholastic

Specificity: Ethnic-based

Description: A nine-month program specifically involving African-American females in the 11th and 12th grade, which incorporates the core ideas of the Rhoer Club. The Rhomania initiative encompasses a rites of passage program, which emphasizes self-awareness, academic achievement and growth in civic and social consciousness. The culminating event for this program is The Rhomania Debutante Ball

Website: http://www.sgrho1922.org/

Name of Organization: Rhinestone Club

Name of Program:

Stage: Youth

Scope: Local (Seattle)

Subject: Scholastic, Etiquettes

Specificity: Ethnic-based

Description: First true debutante organization for Seattle’s black community, its veteran a small group of career women who founded the Rhinestones wanted their event to be less class-based and do more than simply present young women to the world. They decided to select only those young women enrolled in higher education. Encouraging good character and career development were more important than social advancement.

Website: (N/A)

Name of Organization: National Association for the Advancement of Color People

Name of Program: The African American Rites of Passage Summer Academy

Stage: Youth

Scope: National/Local (Sponsored by select programs only)

Subject: Scholastic, Etiquettes

Specificity: Ethnic-based

Description: The African American Rites of Passage Summer Academy is an intense four week program in a college setting, designed to address the academic, cultural, career, and social needs of African American high school and middle school students in Clark County. This academy is crafted in a cultural framework for the purpose of connecting African American and Multi-Cultural students of African descent with the history, traditions, literature and folklore of African people in western civilization. It is also designed to build a foundation of positive self-image and self-esteem for our young people. The Academy will provide academic and cultural enrichment experiences and opportunities for students in grades 6 through 12.

Website: www.naacpvanc.org/youthprograms.html

Name of Organization: The African Center Rites of Passages Towards Greater Spirituality

Name of Program: The African Center Rites of Passages Towards Greater Spirituality

Stage: Youth

Scope: Local (Louisiana)

Subject: Spiritual

Specificity: Ethnic-based

Description: An intensive and comprehensive model for spiritual growth that focuses on self-discovery. This process assists a person or persons within a group to answer three very important questions. Through readings, discussions, meditations, and life examination using African philosophies of existence, the participant is drawn into the African culture and history and how it has impacted many of today’s African American experiences from its earliest recordings to the present focusing on such questions like: Who am I? What is the purpose for my existence? How do I know it’s true?

Website: http://www.xula.edu/ibcs/documents/ritesofpassageregandfee.pdf

Name of Organization: Boys and Girls Club of America

Name of Program: Passport to Manhood

Stage: Youth (11-14)

Scope: National

Subject: Scholastic/Community

Specificity: General

Description: designed for male Club members ages 11-14, addresses the issues and challenges faced by young men during this critical time in their development. Through 14 sessions concentrating on specific aspects of character development and manhood, the program helps young men explore and develop the attitudes, values and behaviors necessary to become self-sufficient adults. Through highly interactive activities, participants address issues such as self-esteem, ethics, healthy relationships and diversity.

Website: http://www.bgcofmc.org/main_sublinks.asp?id=6&sid=48

Name of Organization: The Charmettes

Name of Program: Charmettes Debutantes

Stage: Youth

Scope: National

Subject: Scholastic, Etiquettes

Specificity: General & Ethnic-based

Description: An organization dedicated to enhancing quality of life through commitment to service. The organization’s Debutante Balls, is held to honor the rite of passage for young ladies who are at least seniors in high school, and culminates a year-long program of study in philanthropic and community service areas by presenting the debutantes to society and celebrating their transition to adulthood.

Website: http://charmettesinc.org/