Rites of Passage

Culture & Leadership Development Program for Girls

Rites of Passage (ROP) is a unique leadership development program specifically designed to prepare adolescents, ages thirteen to seventeen, for a successful transition into adulthood. Blueprint for Womanhood (BFW), rites of passage for girls, places an emphasis on cultural, mental, emotional, and spiritual development. ROP is culture and gender specific with classes tailored to meet the needs of African American youth. The BFW curriculum is designed to address each girl’s unique characteristics and the challenges young women face in today’s society.

Parental Involvement

Parents are the driving force behind ROP programs. They are encouraged to talk to their children about what they have learned in their classes and to assist them with homework assignments. Special parent classes are available to give them the opportunity to learn along with their children. Classes are designed to (a) strengthen parenting skills, (b) create open communication between parent and child, (c) increase cultural awareness, and (d) provide information and referral resources for the family. Monthly talking circles are scheduled for parents.

Council of Elders

The Council of Elders is made up of ROP instructors, staff, and selected members of the community. The Council is called in the event of issues or challenges that may occur within the program. The Council also works with Executive Director in designing classes and determining volunteer opportunities.


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NEXT SESSION BEGINS JANUARY 24, 2015. Parent/Teacher Orientation on Saturday, January 17, 10a-noon at One Body One Mind Fitness, 3302 N. 24th Street, Phoenix. This Orientation will be for both the boys and the girls’ programs.

Applications available now at https://www.dropbox.com/sh/xuro13grnc8fw8f/AACULeNYnlUsfhMbxB-92Ovva?dl=0

For more information on all programs contact fatimah@blueprintforwomanhood.com