The Stamford Rites of Passage program assists students in learning about the significance of African and African-American heritage, to build academic confidence and close the achievement gap. 

Young people who go through this program form a healthier attitude to educational attainment and, consequently, are empowered to reach their full potential.

Questions regarding the program?  Travel sponsorship of a student? 



Rodney Bass

Community Liaison and Founder


Kim Langenmayr

Travel and Safety Coordinator  


Sharon Wade

Communications Coordinator

Rites of Passage Celebrating 10 Years! If you were not able to attend our Informational Session, please contact Ms. Wade, Communications Coordinator at or at 203-977-4735.  We will be accepting applications through the Holiday Recess

Link to Rites of Passage Program Information and Application for 2014-2015 School Year

It is with great pleasure to announce that our Community Liaison, Mr. Bass received the Mary Jane McLeod Bethune Education Award from the Stamford NAACP.  This award is a true reflection of Mr. Bass' dedication to the education of our children. Mr. Bass teaches the importance in furthering their education, sharing this knowledge with others, and of course leading us each year in our journey to West Africa.  We thank you for your continued support and accept this honors on behalf the entire Rites of  Passage Community.


Rites of Passage Class of 2014 - The Door of No Return Goree Island, Senegal

If you would like to make a donation or sponsor a student on their journey to Africa, please contact

Sharon Wade, Communications Coordinator at


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The Rites of Passage Program is a Stamford Connecticut Public Middle School District supported program, designed to assist primarily, but not exclusively African-American students in accurately learning about and integrating the significance of their African and American heritages.


The coursework requires a fourteen-week literature review of African and African-American history replete with guest speakers and instructors, mandatory readings, journal writing, Power Point presentations, and a CMT/Cap style final exam.  The academic portion of the program culminates with a journey to West Africa.  We are excited to report that over the past five years, over one hundred students, parents and teachers have participated in an educational trip to Africa visiting Senegal, the Gambia, Ghana and Egypt.