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Leadership

Executive Director

David Blumenkrantz, PhD, MEd

Co-Founder & Executive Director

 

 

 

 


 

Officers

 

BrianEvarts

President
Brian Evarts, MSS

Retired School Social Worker

Ellington Public Schools

Ellington, 
Rite of Passage Community Organizer and Guide

MarcGoldstein

Vice President

Marc Goldstein, PhD

Professor Emeritus, Dept. of Psychology

Central Connecticut
State University

West Hartford, CT
Rite of Passage Community Organizer and Citizen Participatory Research Coordinator

LouannVirgil

Secretary/Treasurer
Louann M. Virgil
Vice President 
Travelers Insurance Company, Retired.

Hartford, CT

 

 

Directors

 


DavidBlumenthal

David Blumenkrantz, PhD, MEd
Co-Founder & Executive Director
Center for Youth & Community, Inc.
Glastonbury, CT

 

 

 

 

 

Hyacinth
Douglas-Bailey, JD

South Windsor, CT
Rite of Passage Community Organizer, Youth Development Specialist

WilliamLevine

William Lavine, DMD
Dentist-Oral Ecologist

West Hartford, CT
System’s Thinker,
Human ecology visionary & consultant

LeahBeth

Leah Beth Maille
Middletown, CT

Rite Of Passage Experience© ROPE® Guide

 

 

Seymour Sarason, PhD (In Memoriam)
Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Yale University
New Haven, CT

 


 

 

 

 
 
 
 

The Center

The Hummingbird Logo

Huichol yarn painting depicting the hummingbird.

Ancient cultures, like that of the Huichol (pronounced Wee-chol) Indians of Mexico, recognize the importance of rites of passage to mark the transition from childhood to adulthood, and often use animal symbols to communicate complex ideas. For the Huichol, the hummingbird is a symbol of transformation. She is the first teacher of children. In visions and dreams, she guides children through the doorway from their ordinary world to magical places of power and knowledge. It is through these journeys that children begin to understand what it means to be contributing members of their community.

 

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