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Rites of Passage & Beautillion


What We're About

The Rites of Passage is a biennial 5 month journey which young men and their female escorts participate in monthly life skill workshops such as: Entrepreneurship Social Etiquette,  Mental Health & Hygiene and Financial Literacy.

Before the young men are presented in a non-traditional cotillion for males, they will undergo a ceremonial Rites of Passage adapted from West African tradition, marking their transition from adolescence to young adulthood. Five-month journey culminates in a formal black-tie ceremony to present the participants to the community in the spring.



Nakia Haskins

2021-2022 Rites of Passage Co-Chair


Denise Bruce

2021-2022 Rites of Passage & Beautillion Chair


Mecca Hawkins

2021-2022 Rites of Passage Co-Chair

Important Notice:

We have always prioritized safety and in these uncertain times, this is no different. We are practicing and enforcing best practices for social distancing and self-isolation in the midst of COVID-19.


We encourage you to stay safe. This includes practicing safe social distancing. 


Until then, connect with us virtually online via our website and social media channels. This is where you’ll find any updates on how we are managing the safety of you and our community.

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