Rites of Passage program coming to Louisville

By Claude Stephens

Bernheim, along with Bridge Kids International and Play Cousins Collective, is developing a Rites of Passage program that includes immersive experiences in nature as part of nurturing a new generation of young Black men and women during a critical phase of development.

Rites of Passage honors the passing from childhood into adulthood, emphasizing the associated roles and responsibilities. The ultimate goal is to help adolescents realize their place as leaders in the community while improving health and increasing a sense of connectedness and responsibility.

Rites of Passage was made possible by The Jewish Heritage Fund for Excellence, which provided a $200,000 grant to create a program aimed at developing physical, social, and emotional health in youth while supporting a sense of cultural pride, heritage, clarity and purpose.

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