Rites of Passage was developed in response to the unique needs of young black males. Many of them face the challenges of personal safety, negotiating family life, disengagement, truancy and attraction to gangs. With these in mind the Rites of Passage program evolved creating an alternate curriculum that would give its participants social and survival skills and the strategies they need to become successful members of their school and the society at large. The Program connects to them using coaching, mentoring and life-skills training that will provide them with greater self awareness, develop their social skills and set them on a course to improved employability and career opportunities.