1. Consider Youth Passageways as a primary resource. Their mandate is to support Youth Rights of Passages initiatives and the growing network of affiliated work.
2. Warrior Films -- Film and curriculum available
3. Organizations and places with experience in bringing ROP to youth
with nature connected ways/ceremonies/teachings/passages/programs.
*School of Lost Borders – www.schooloflostborders.org
Siri Gunnarson, Will Scott , Larry Hobbs (brings ROP to 4H), Pedro McMillan in St. Louis, Ruth Wharton, Trebbe Johnson.
*Center for Advancement of Youth, Family and Community - http://rope.org/
- David Blumenkrantz
Golden Bridge – www.bdanced.com
- Melissa Michaels (dance and movement-based)
4. Learn about mentoring programs:
Shade Tree Multi-Cultural Center - Orland Bishop
5. Look at community centers/social justice centers, etc., in other cities
A Few General Suggestions
Clarify your intention and vision early on.
Learn and deepen exploration of the work you want to share.
Ø See our ‘Coming of Age In The Wilderness” Film and Study Guide for discussion prompts. (Lost Borders Press)
Focus on relationships...success depends on the people involved, their care, passion, understanding, commitment, dedication, and continuity. Success depends on the relationships you will build, model, and share with the youth.
Use your time with referrals and contacts wisely.
Involve potential funders early on, seeing them as financial allies and partners who share your vision.
As you are planning/visioning, whatever your time frame, make sure you have a good facilitator - to present, and create a good field for listening - learn from each other, record, and report. Contact www.artofhosting.org