Rites of Passage Youth Empowerment Foundation - Empowering the youth of today

“Our mission is to bring peace and compassion
to our world through the personal empowerment
and spiritual development of the youth”

With sincere humbleness, gratitude and love, I take this oath of loyalty through dedication discipline, sacrifice and achievement, to do all that I can in the way that I can to develop myself and my people. I accept my role given by my ancestors. I promise not only to help my people, but to teach them to help themselves. I recognize my family as the smallest example of our nation and my parents as the authority of our house. I pledge to keep this oath of commitment for as long as the sun shines and the water flows.
-Emily Gunter

Emily Gunter

Rites of Passage Youth Empowerment Foundation Abstract

The Rites of Passage Youth Empowerment Program is an intensive, focused and sustained preventive and/or intervention approach to empower youth with the knowledge, skills and abilities to transition successfully from adolescence into adulthood. Youth completing the 12 challenges of the program will be equipped with the tools necessary to effect positive change in their lives and communities. Through the Rites of Passage Program, youth learn through empowerment not fear. This program teaches, teamwork, leadership, values, responsibility and practical life skills.

Rites of Passage Youth Empowerment Foundation Overview

The Rites of Passage Youth Empowerment Foundation (“the Foundation”) is a group of individuals committed to improving the quality of life and environment for today´s youth through the development and implementation of knowledge and skill-based training programs (Rites Programs). These programs provide a step-by-step holistic method to help youth find a sense of self and purpose in their lives. The Rites of Passage Youth Empowerment Foundation formalizes the training ground of the Rites Programs by providing support through funding and human resources to facilitators of these programs. Rites Programs help youth direct their energies to positive goals for their life, instead of the slippery road into drugs, delinquency and pregnancy. Components of these programs include: Emily Gunter and young girls

Development of life skills empowerment curriculum
Elder, mentor, staff and volunteer training
Character development training
Facilities Management Training

Program Model

Rites Abstract
Program Model
Youth Retreats