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? 



Sharon Wade

Communications Coordinator


Erica Virvo

Development Coordinator

News and Events

This Saturday, June 21st The One and Only Rites of Passage Fish Fry!!

$12 for dinner and your ticket is is automatically entered into our special raffle drawing for a $100 Visa Gift.

Stamford High School Cafeteria.  Take out or eat in.  4:00pm-8:00pm


New - Link to making on line donations!

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

Sharon Wade, Communications Coordinator at


Please visit our photo gallery!


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.