Since its inception in 1981, the Rite of Passage Experience© initiative has proved effective in promoting youth development and leadership, in building a sense of community, and in increasing a community's capacities to collaborate on behalf of their children and teens. Over 100,000 youth and their families have participated in ROPE® in both small towns and large cities across the United States and Canada.
The success of this initiative has been recognized by a number of national and regional organizations, including:
- Child Welfare League of America
- National League of Cities
- Connecticut Youth Services Association
- State of Connecticut Office of Policy & Management.
ROPE® has also received consistently high evaluations from teens, parents/guardians and educators alike in research studies over the years. A review of 15 years of student and parent evaluations of ROPE® revealed the following:
A three-year study among ten different communities with ROPE® initiatives found that 80% of those communities were continuing with their ROPE® initiatives three years after state funding had expired. In that same study, the participants reported that ROPE®:
To discover how ROPE® can make a positive difference in your family, school, and community, please contact TheCenter@rope.org. Also, visit our Testimonials page to read what the community has said about their rites of passage experiences.