Earth Guardians inspire and train diverse youth to be effective leaders in the environmental, climate and social justice movements.
For thousands of years, Indigenous and traditional communities recognised the importance of supporting individuals to transition safely from one stage of life to another through Rites of Passage. Marking these transitions were seen as fundamental in the growth, connectedness and health of an individual and community. In modern society, the need for programs that help equip young people with the confidence and tools to tackle the adventure and challenges that lie ahead are more critical than ever.
“I learnt so much and really strengthened my relationship with my father. I experienced hearing other people speak of their past and future which was very eye opening, and helped me become more open and understanding. I think I have developed more respect for others and I now have vowed to do things differently, that will help me later in life. ” – Oscar Doland – Making of Men Participant (16yrs old)
The Rites of Passage Institute (ROPI) uses an educational model based on The Rite of Passage Framework to help individuals strengthen their sense of self, learn critical life skills, discover their potential and create a healthy vision for the future. ROPI believes in working to create a world where all people and communities thrive.
93% of parents attending camps have said that it helped form a better relationship with their child.
The Rites of Passage Institute is passionate about working with Australia’s Aboriginal Community and had the amazing opportunity to work with Butchulla Elder, Uncle Glen Miller to run the first Rite of Passage for Butchulla boys on Butchulla land in over 200 years. The resurgence of this ancient process came about with Butchulla Men’s Business members sat around a fire discussing their concerns for male youth in Australia’s Fraser Coast region. They concluded that a mentored transition to manhood was missing from boy’s lives and that men needed to step up for this to happen in their community. Together with 7 local men, ROPI formed “Bubbinyuwi Wanda”, or “Father and Son Climbing” in Butchella language. Uncle Glen stated that “over the coming years, we will make this process ours by embedding more Butchulla perspectives and we hope that our neighbouring communities will do the same. Our ideas is to recreate broken songlines”.
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