F.O.C.U.S. Rites of Passage is to bring out the potential in young men and have them full of inspiration as they look to the future. We take an intensive, focused and sustained preventive and/or intervention approach to empower participants with the cultural knowledge, skills and abilities to develop holistically (mentally, physically, emotionally, spiritually, and culturally). It is our aim to help youth find a sense of self and purpose in their lives.
Our Rites of Passage consists of two stages:
Critical Thinking/Knowledge of Self/Awareness
The ultimate goal of this stage is to help youth develop the ability to analyze complex issues and make informed, sensitive decisions. These skills are essential for our members to fully understand themselves and the world they live in. Guest speakers, literature, and multi-media presentations during sessions help youth sharpen their problem-solving skills and increase their self-awareness. Program Leaders take youth on cultural outings, attend conferences, wilderness retreats and college tours in order to broaden their experiences and world-view. During this process we encourage the participants to develop Mission Statements, Definitions of words for self-identity, and Oaths of Dedication.
Rites of Passage
This phase begins with an intensive process of self-reflection and ends with the creation of a personalized Oath of Dedication. This is a personal statement is intended to encompass individual beliefs, goals, and the commitments he will strive to live by throughout life. Upon completing the Oath process, the youth take on greater leadership roles within the program. They will be expected to provide support and guidance to younger members. Members also demonstrate their leadership and commitment to strengthening their school environment.