The Rites of Passage (ROP) is a non-traditional cultural self-sufficiency program. This program is exclusively provided for Youth in Care of the State of
The program is designed to help youth and young adults embrace values which give identity, purpose and direction to their lives as well as practical skills needed to make a positive transition to adulthood. ROP participants are expected to complete a 12-week session which includes; class/ open discussion, cultural workshops, field-trips, journaling, and creative arts. Even though the ROP curriculum is based on the seven (7) principles of Nguzo Saba, DCDO encourages participation from all races, ethnicities, and cultures.
The Department of Community Development and Organizing takes pride in producing positive outcomes for young people. Youth in Care will be emancipated out of state care at the age of 21; therefore DCDO uses the Rites of Passage program to effectively help this specific population transition from state dependence to sustainable independence as well as develop a sense of purpose and awareness.
Youth and young adults in foster care between the ages of 14-2
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