Boys' Rites of Passage

Our Sons' Futures


(Update: May 11, 2010 my son’s Rites of Passage program is completed. I look forward to hearing from you with questions, comments, or rants on this topic. Peace!)

My name is Thomas Harrell. I am a husband, father, brother, son, Christian, brother-in-Christ, and servant. This blog (for just a season) serves up information about Rites of Passage for young black males and chronicles my son’s Rites of Passage Ceremony and Quest in 2009. We’ll share topical information through Posts and record things as we execute the Ceremony, the Quest, and the Ascension Dinner as part of our Program. Our experience may help you do the same with the boys in your life. Feel free to comment on articles (Posts) and share your thoughts and experiences as we share ours. In order to leave your comments on any Post click on “no comments” at the bottom of the Post to open the comments box.

I seek to impart the importance of a Rites of Passage Program for our young men. Something that is often taken to be understood by young men growing up; isn’t or is misunderstood—for example: if you ask the young men in your life (say from age 10 through 16) “What is manhood?” you’ll be surprised at the answers.

Many of us are raising our children in loving homes but how many of us take the time to really discuss what being a man is all about with our sons? In many cases the preeminent definition of manhood is one gleaned from T.V., the Internet, friends, news, and sad family examples—despite you being the right example in the boy’s life, what he sees in his world often trumps what he sees at home. That’s why a Rites of Passage Program is paramount. It allows us as caring adults in the boy’s life to solidify life lessons that will shape his future.

The information you find on our site is not graven in stone. Use the information and our experiences as ideas to design a Program that’s right for the boys in your life.

Through your Rites of Passage Program the boy will KNOW what it means to be a strong responsible adult male.

God bless you. Thanks for stopping by. Visit often and spread the word.

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6 Responses to “About”

  1. Rites Inc. said

    Motherly Love:

    Thanks for taking the time to comment on the Positive Passage blog. You are free to use the concepts we’ve laid out. I would love to hear about the program you ultimately put together for your son.

    Any other questions, comments, or rants on this subject drop me a note.

    Regards, Thomas

  2. Motherly Love said

    I love the Rites of Passage program you created. I plan to use a lot of your ideas as I help my son with his journey to manhood. I’m a single mother but I have enlisted several of his male role models to help with the process. I hope you don’t mind if I use your ideas. Thanks

  3. Rites Inc. said


    Thanks for stopping through. I’ll be leaning on you to make the site even better! Don’t forget to share the site with others.

  4. Rites Inc. said

    Thanks so much for stopping by the site. Your comment is what this site is all about. To help men do better as fathers as we train our young men to lead their families.

    Visit often.


  5. Having taking the time to thoroughly view Boy’s Rites of Passage,I’ve come to the conclusion that I fell,as a young father, to verbally express to my two sons the importance of manhood and the transition into manhood. Most of us Black fathers’ focused more on teaching our sons about sports. Within many of our minds, we held in greater regard, sports figures and entertainers higher than educators and family orientated men. It is said,”in youth we learn and in age we understand”. I often times take personnel inventory of my past actions and discover the errors of my way; ” for there is a way that seem right unto a man, but the end thereof leads to death.” Not necessarily physical death only, but relationships, as well, and generational destruction of the family unit HEADED by MEN. Thomas, continue to stumble forward in your quest to usher your son into MANHOOD.

    Thank You!

  6. Gale Nelson said

    Incredible site! I am so impressed with your word selection (powerful) and passion that you express as a father.

    Well done….Well done!

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