Below, please find additional take action steps for Youth Development Specialists:
All material excerpted from: Blumenkrantz, D.G. & the ROPE® Community (2015). The Rite Of Passage Experience© ROPE® Guide for Promoting Youth & Community Maturation & Health, 5th edition.
One of the first “technologies” we introduce is called the Trinity of Inquiry. It is a powerful process that uses the first three of the twenty elements in the architectural structure for youth & community development through rites of passage to guide conversations to explore contemporary issues in a community. It is also used to assess if and how all of the other seventeen elements are present and if they are present what is their relationship to each other and their relative strength? If they don’t exist where might something similar already be present and available to use in the process of building a community’s rite of passage experience process?
#1. What’s the story? This is the first element in our narrative on change.
All change is local – it begins in the hearts and minds of those who ask a question. And, a question almost always invites of story.
Thinking about the best questions that matter related to a particular issue always result from conversations within a community. The questions refine the issues in ways that are respectful of and integrate the nuances of culture, community and place.
Here are some areas of questioning:
More specific inquiry might be focused on:
Whatever the circumstance or inquiry there is usually an invitation to tell a story. We love to tell and hear stories. Every time we think about change we are inviting a story. When seen through the lens of the 20 elements, a central questions is:
What would we be doing when we adopt the framework of youth & community development through rites of passage in our community?
Communities have everything they need to raise their children. They have adults and opportunities for children to immerse themselves in educational, recreational, spiritual, ancestral, economic and natural environments. Making meaningful connections between youth and these environments is the key to the construction of contemporary rites of passage. Rites of passage can be the vehicle to make these connections meaningful for both children and the community.
These questions can help guide a community to consider the best way to connect youth with important community resources. You may wish to focus only on some of these at any one time.
Connection with Ancestors – Culture:
Play & Positive leisure time activities:
Once we identify the presence strengthen and location of existing resources and assets related to a community-oriented rite of passage we want to see how we can strengthen their relationship and link them a common story that engages the whole system.
The following steps can be adapted for using a Force Field Analysis within a particular context and culture. Adaptation is key.
These are only a few of the technologies used to enact the “Vision” for youth and community development through rites of passage.
What We Believe is a refinement of the "Vision". © David G. Blumenkrantz, Ph.D. Ed.M. 1995