These organizations are listed as potential resources for additional
information on the topics below. If you have any comments or questions
about any of them, please contact the organization directly.

Rites of Passage

  • Baltimore City Youth Resiliency Institute. Through a creative arts-based Rites of Passage cultural process, the Baltimore City Youth Resiliency Institute (BCYRI) offers training and an array of services to children, youth and adults with the aim of creating civically engaged cross-generational teams of community-based advocates who work to form a healthier and stronger Baltimore City.

  • School of Lost Borders. Founded over 30 years ago, this
    is the oldest school in the United States that trains individuals
    and groups to reintroduce wilderness-oriented rites of passage
    into modern culture. They also provide nature-based therapeutic
    experiences for individuals in life crisis and transition.

  • LEAPNOW. Transforming Education. An organization that has created an
    innovative alternative freshman year of college that integrates
    multiple rites of passage-formal and informal. This organization
    also tailors gap-year programs for students, which function as a
    modern-day rite of passage.

  • Northwaters and Langskib Wilderness Programs. An organization that
    has been offering outdoor adventure based educational trips from
    boys, girls and adults since 1971.
  • Golden Bridge. is dedicated to supporting young people across the globe as
    they learn to interact in positive ways with their families, their
    peers, and their communities from a place of deep kinesthetic
    connection with themselves, with the Earth, and with all of life,
    seen and unseen.

Community Development

  • Asset-Based Community Development (ABCD) InstituteThe Asset-Based Community Development Institute (ABCD) is at the center of a large and growing movement that considers local assets as the primary building blocks of sustainable community development. Building on the skills of local residents, the power of local associations, and the supportive functions of local institutions, asset-based community development draws upon existing community strengths to build stronger, more sustainable communities for the future.

  • Community Building Resources. CBR assists community groups
    and organizations in creating and delivering fun and effective
    workshops and presentations on Community Capacity Building and
    Asset Mapping®.

  • Connecticut Assets Network (CAN). CAN is a grassroots nonprofit
    network of citizens and organizations that promote the integration
    of successful use of asset-based strategies for community development.


Youth Development

  • The Arts & After School Youth Development Resources.
    A listing of resources and programs focusing on using arts-related
    youth development programs.

  • The Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning (CASEL).
    An organization whose mission is to establish social and emotional
    learning as an essential part of education from preschool through
    high school.

  • Permie Kids
    An organization that initiates and supports whole systems thinking. Through endeavors to help children, youth, families, and communities change consciousness and learn to connect with the nature of youth and community to transform the future. 
  • Search Institute. An independent nonprofit organization whose
    mission is to provide leadership, knowledge, and resources to
    promote healthy children, youth, and communities. Serves organizations,
    communities, educators, and families.


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