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District 5 Unity in Diversity Award - May 2007

Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition 

Mayors Award 1998 


Rites of Passage Print E-mail

ImageWith increasing school drop out rate, teenage pregnancy, alcohol and drug abuse, and alarming crime levels; parents cannot help but nurse some degree of anxiety and fear when they contemplate the future of their children.

Today’s youth must be armed with the tools and skills to face the hard realities of our society.  Our Rites of Passage program offers a set of tools that has been proven to work with young people, irrespective of class, race or family background. 

ImageThrough interactive and non confrontational workshops, roundtable discussions, team building activities, book assignments, community service projects and mentoring; participants learn to work in teams, enhance their communication skills and creativity; affirm their sense of identity, self esteem, love, respect, and a good grounding in society.

The program is built on a set of eight principles borrowed from traditional African rites of passage ceremonies, namely:  love, respect, honor, strength, wisdom, courage, patience and pride. 


A lot of my friends at school say I’ve changed a lot they say I’ve become more mature

- A.G. (16 year old former participant)

icon Rites of passage [Download registration forms] 

As we celebrate a decade of bringing our Boys to Men, we extend our sincere thanks to the following sponsors and community partners for their continued commitment to our youth:
Rufus White | James White | Donald Clark | Monique Walton
Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity - Eta Sigma Lambda Chapter
Sigma Pi Phi Fraternity - Gamma Chi Chapter
Links, Inc., San Jose Chapter
Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. Delta Rho Omega Chapter
Alpha Phi Alpha Epsilon Mu Chapter at SJSU
Lockheed Martin African American Mentoring Network
Applied Materials Community Giving Program
IBM - Silicon Valley Employee Directed Funds
IBM - Corporate Community Grants
Chamber of Commerce Mountain View
City of Mountain View
Santa Clara Valley Water District
Hilton Garden Inn, Mountain View
Costco Wholesale, Mountain View
Amici's East Coast Pizzeria
Jamba Juice Company
PR, et Cetera, Inc.
Palm, Inc.

ROP 2011 Photos


Prior to your existence, there was a void in this community of real, educational, entertaining, informative African culture.

- NAACP – San Jose / Silicon Valley Chapter

…for your contribution to enriching the life of the community particularly through programming in schools

- City of Mountain View Mayor’s Award, 1998

In recognition of outstanding and invaluable contribution to the community.

- Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition, awarded to Oriki Theater, 10/25/03

This is a group dead-set on presenting authentic African culture

- The Metro