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?
Community Liaison and Founder
Travel and Safety Coordinator
If you would like to make a donation or sponsor a student on their journey to Africa, please contact
Sharon Wade, Communications Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org
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Link to alumni survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ROPsurvey
The Daily Stamford link and It's Relevant Article - Rites of Passage Cultural Food Festival
Visit http://www.fannieloumusical.com/ for information on an original broadway production based on the life of voting rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer and produced by Felicia Hunter.
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.
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