The passage from
childhood to adulthood frequently occurs with a lot of stress
and struggle for both children and their parents. Many youth development
experts believe that the absence of healthy, community-sanctioned
rites of passage is at the root of this struggle.
Children and teens have a natural impulse
to create or take part in rites of passage experiences to
claim their place as adults. If this impulse is not acknowledged
and channeled, it can result in them turning to destructive activities
such as drinking, smoking, bullying, sex, delinquent acts, joining
gangs, and the use of drugs to mark for themselves and their peer
group their entry into adulthood.
Creating a Contemporary Rite of Passage Experience©
Human history is rich with accounts of rituals
and rites of passage. Times of transition – including
birth, coming-of-age, marriage and death – provoke heightened
individual and community emotions and instability. So, humans have
traditionally created and used rituals to acknowledge and celebrate
these times of change – to help us grow as individuals and
to strengthen the bonds of community. In this context, coming-of-age
rites of passage were our first youth and community development
It was with this in mind, that Dr.Blumenkrantz
developed a contemporary Rite of Passage Experience© initiative.
Since its inception in 1981, ROPE® been delivered to over 100,000
youth and their families across the United States and Canada and
has been successfully replicated in small towns and large cities.
It is structured to provide the same experiences to students no
matter what the location, yet is flexible enough to be adapted to
fit each community's individual needs.
ROPE® has been recognized as an exemplary
approach to promoting youth development and leadership by
a number of national and state organizations, including the National
League of Cities, the Child Welfare League of American, the Collaborative
for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning, the Connecticut Youth
Services Association, and the Connecticut Office of Policy &
You’ll find more detailed information
about ROPE® and how to bring it to your community by visiting
any of the site areas in the menu to the left or by contacting TheCenter@rope.org.