The Rites of Passage (ROP) program is a 6-week program for Black high school girls, ages 14-19, in South Los Angeles. The 2023 ROP program takes girls on a journey of education, reflection and self empowerment.
During the 8 week program, girls engage in a series of discussions, workshops and activities. They will be introduced to Black women professionals and wellness experts who will help guide their journey to womanhood.
Topics will include sexual health and wellness, hygiene, visioning and designing your life, peer pressure, financial literacy and more.
Rites of Passage Application
To be considered for the BWW Rites of Passage 2023 Fall Program, please complete the application below. (Incomplete applications will not be considered)
Successful applicants will be invited to participate in an 8 week Rites of Passage program. Attendees must attend all program sessions.
Applications will be accepted and reviewed on a “first come, first serve” basis as limited space is available.
About the Rites of Passage (ROP)
The ROP Program will:
Provide an in-depth understanding of life skills and health education
Discuss the impact of social media and pop culture on participants’ view of themselves and their communities
Help participants respond to challenging situations like peer pressure and body image issues
Provide an environment for you to be creative and gain life skills to design the life you want #BlackGirlMagic
Upon successful completion of the Rites Of Passage program, participants will be better equipped to navigate the phases of adolescence as a Black girl.
If you have any questions about the ROP Program process or responsibilities, please contact the Get Smart B4U Get Sexy Program Coordinator at: [email protected] or Program Manager: [email protected].
To be eligible for participation in the trainings, you must be:
Complete the application form in its entirety
Attend all sessions in person
Provide Referral letter from an adult (community leader, teacher, mentor, etc.) other than a family member discussing your character.
“Blaming Black mothers, then, is a way of subjugating the Black race as a whole. At the same time, devaluing motherhood is particularly damaging to Black women … regulating Black women’s reproductive decisions has been a central aspect of racial oppression in America.”
– Dorothy Roberts, Killing the Black Body: Race, Reproduction, and the Meaning of Liberty