Great Food and Great People For A Great Cause
The Chain’s nationally-acclaimed Rites of Passage (ROP) is now in its twenty seventh year of service as a mentoring program for young African American males aged thirteen to seventeen. The ROP is administered by The Chain’s Cultural Committee – chaired by Arnold “Kofi” Dennis and co-chaired by Dr. Regina George-Bowden.
The Rites of Passage would be unique if just for its continuous length of service to the community. But its greatest asset has been its dedicated team of volu...nteer mentors and coordinators – many of whom have been with the program from its start in 1989. Along with parents, graduates and volunteers, the program has helped our young men to develop positive life skills, to take responsibility and to lead more successful lives.
The Rites of Passage is unique in other ways. It parallels the school year’s nine month term, involves academic instruction, life skills training, African and African American history, entrepreneurship, health, conflict resolution and much more. Regularly scheduled meetings, outings, camping trips and an annual out-of-town trip to a culturally relevant destination are part of the planned activities. Parental participation is a required component. The program culminates in an annual graduation ceremony that celebrates the successful passage of young men into the ranks of adulthood.
When you combine these elements with a proven system of administration, the results speak for themselves. Over 450 young men and their families have been mentored and have benefitted from its rigorous requirements.
But the need is great. The program is free to all participants. More mentors and coordinators are needed to serve the growing young black male population in the Triangle area. Your donation will go a long way toward keeping the Rites of Passage equipped to help our young men meet the challenges of today’s society.
The Durham Business & Professional Chain is a 501c3 non-profit and donations are tax deductible.