Rites of Passage

The Rites of Passage Program, a partnership between The Re-Education Project and Shrine Cultural and Event Center, is a program based deeply on traditional African customs and values. It is designed to assist youth with making the transition into young adulthood with enhanced awareness and consciousness. This program helps facilitate their learning culturally, intellectually, socially, morally, and emotionally; develops their identity as African people; deepens their connection to self and their commitment to community; and gives them the tools to navigate our contemporary role from an Afrocentric perspective, operating at their full potential. The program culminates on the 1st of January, the last day of Kwanzaa and the day marking the end of the Haitian Revolution. During this time, they will be celebrated, re-welcomed into the community, and receive their African names.

What’s Included:

All Materials and Supplies



Grades 5-8

Ages 10-14


10 Weeks + African Naming Ceremony

Dates, Days, and Times:

October 7-December 16

Weekly Saturday Sessions, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

January 1

African Naming Ceremony 1:30-3:30 p.m.


Shrine Cultural and Event Center

Program Fee:

$300 Total (can be paid in two installments of $150)