A Recognized Success


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:


  • 86% of students ranked their overall enjoyment of ROPE® as 4 or 5 on a scale of 1 to 5
  • 94% thought all sixth graders should have a ROPE® experience


  • 68% of parents/guardians rated their children’s reactions to the program as 5 (very positive) on a scale of 1 to 5
  • 75% stated ROPE® increased their child’s self confidence
  • 55% indicated that ROPE® increased their child’s personal insights
  • 58% declared that ROPE® helped their child cope with the problems of adolescence
  • 62% judged that ROPE® will ease their child’s transition from sixth grade to middle school
  • 83% ranked ROPE® as “highly valuable” for their child
  • 93% wanted ROPE® to continue in their school


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®:

  • Served as a vehicle to mobilize and bring communities together on behalf of their children
  • Offered children a healthy path to adulthood
  • Gave adults in the community a viable and productive way to be helpful in the lives of their community's children
  • Empowered communities to take responsibility for helping their children
  • Increased the amount of money the community spent on children

To discover how ROPE® can make a positive difference in your family, school, and community, please contact Also, visit our Testimonials page to read what the community has said about their rites of passage experiences.