Rites Of Passage Program
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Rites Of Passage is an experience practiced in African and Native American traditional cultures.
The Egbe Iwa Odo'kunrin * Egbe Iwa Odo'binrin, Inc. culturally based traditional Rites of Passage Program was established in June of 2002 in Brooklyn, New York.
It is the first of its kind in the U.S.
In its second year, the program became a member of The Mentoring Partnership of NY, joining in our nation's call for mentors.
Adolescence can be a very turbulent time. The lure to participate in negative activity, is strong. The Egbe Iwa Rites of Passage Program offers a positive alternative that is based on the Yoruba indigenous people of Nigeria, West Africa and Native American example as well as the traditions of African- American, Afro- Cuban, and other cultures of Diaspora.
These rites bring joy and excitement not only to the youth and their families, but also to everyone in the community. As a child becomes an adult the community is assured that it's traditions and values will continue on and never fade away.
Like any change, the idea of changing roles can be frightening. This program allows the Akeko (mentee) to safely grow and learn.
This 12 month program builds on the cultural aspect of OGUN, which represents hard work, strength, bonds of brother and sisterhoods, protection, focus, concentration, and attaining one's goals.
The Odo'kunrin (young men) and Odo'binrin (young women) train separately, but must always be together in spirit and support of their "Brother and "Sister" Egbe.