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Rites of Passage Programs

Continuing our  efforts to help teens define their reality and create a blueprint for their lives, Life Paradigms, Inc.  facilitates Blueprint for Womanhood Leadership Development Program (Rites of Passage).


Going into its 30th year, Rites of Passage are unique culture and leadership development programs specifically designed to prepare youth, 13-17, for a successful transition into adulthood. The 15-week program, created by Fatimah Halim, President/CEO of Life Paradigms, Inc., a non-profit organization, places an emphasis on cultural, mental and emotional development.

Rites of Passage curricula are culture and gender specific and address the challenges our youth face in today’s world. Life Paradigms, Inc. offers two programs: S.O.N.S. 

(Saving Our Noble Sons) for boys and Blueprint for Womanhood for girls. Professionals volunteer their time to mentor, share and instruct classes. The curriculum include but is not limited to:

  • An overview of Culture and History of Black people in America

  • Goal Setting and College Preparedness

  • Classroom Success

  • Introduction to STEAM

  • Health & Nutrition

  • Sex Education

  • Self Discipline and Responsibility

  • Critical Thinking and Emotional Intelligence

  • Interpersonal Communication and Public Speaking Skills

  • Financial Literacy

  • Entrepreneurship

  • Digital Branding

  • Leadership

  • Community Action and Social Change

  • Building Healthy Relationships; Peer Pressure

  • Visual Arts

  • Sacred Body Care (BFW)

The program culminates with a Rites of Passage Graduation Ceremony that is free and open to the public. 



Blueprint for Womanhood classes will start up again in 2023.  Stay tuned for dates.




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