Hillcrest's 5th grade students, with parent consent, can choose to participate in our Rites of Passage program. Based on Dr. Charles Lee Johnson's Ten Step Rites of Passage program (TSROP), the aim is to Equip, Empower, Educate, and Encourage our students, their families, and community through the provision of life enhancing skills and resources that lead to self-sufficiency and self-determination.
The Ten Step Rites of Passage (TSROP) focuses on ten life areas (Rites) that are critical to the development of young people in today's society. The ten rites are Personal, Spiritual, Economic, Political, Social, Mental, Physical, Historical, Cultural, and Emotional. TSROP seeks to develop the whole person to insure that participants receive the necessary skills and training to support a Positive and Productive life. The TSROP curriculum is dynamic, interactive, evidence-based, and effective.1
Rites of Passage at Hillcrest is an after school program. Last spring it was geared to our 5th grade boys who were positively transformed by their involvement. It was so positive that some of our girls requested a similar experience just for them. We are looking to broaden our Rites of Passage program to include our 5th grade girls and are working hard to bring a version tailored specifically to our girls this coming year.
1A program evaluation conducted through Cal State Los Angeles reported the following on the effectiveness of the TSROP program with LA's most severely at-risk population (Transitional Aged Youth in Foster Care): 1) 90% of TSROP participants reported that the program provided them important life and coping skills to succeed in life. 2) 91% reported an ability to resolve conflicts without resorting to violence. 3) 100% of participants reported that the program helps them develop a positive sense of self-respect.