RITES OF PASSAGE "R.O.P."
AIT-SCM Rites of Passage "ROP": This program is designed to assist young men to better understand the social and development responsibilities of manhood and fatherhood.
ROP assures access to services for young men who are fathers or who are at risk of becoming fathers; increase male involvement in the promotion of healthy lifestyles and responsible parenting; strengthens the relationship of young men to themselves, their children, and their community. ROP consists of four (4) interactive components which include Education, Mentoring, Health, and Self-Help Groups.
- Education Component: Joven Noble/Noble Young Man: A ten-week curriculum based course of learning experiences and activities designed to address social and developmental issues for young males. This curriculum incorporates culturally rooted concepts and values of manhood and fatherhood through indigenous teachings and writings.
- Mentoring Component: The mentoring component is designed to link program participants with mentors who can serve as positive and supportive male role models. Mentors assist in establishing self-help groups and coordinating community service projects.
- Health Component: The health component includes collaboration with community partners to provide health services and information to young men. Services include health education, service referrals and community outreach.
- Self-help Group Component: The Circulo de Hombres/Circle of Men self-help group is designed to help program participants with introspection and self examination.
Funding for this project was provided by the City of San Antonio, Department of Human Services and other organizations, including private donations. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of any of the associated funders. “These services are available to all eligible persons, regardless, of race, gender, age, disability, or religion.”