Through one-of-a-kind online materials and collaborative “electronic campfires” (video webinars), we will re-connect with the wisdom within to establish regenerative youth and community development through rites of passage experiences.
Residents of Glastonbury Connecticut receive substantial discount due to the generous support of the Natale and Norma Sestero Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving. Contact the Center for a special discount code.
PERMIE KIDs Guild Members are provided a $100 discount. This discount is automatically displayed in the prices shown if logged into your account.
The Center for Youth and Community and PERMIE KIDs are committed to ensuring that the cost is not a barrier to access to this support. If your community is interested, but the cost is prohibitive please contact Jen (firstname.lastname@example.org or (239) 287-8475).
People in Relationships that Matter Change People
The Changing Consciousness is part of our on-going Electronic Campfires. These are not offered as a set program, but rather an emergent design experience that you help shape. We look forward to helping provide guidance and support along your community’s journey. In emergent design every participant gives rise to what and how we collectively learn.
We invite you to remain part of this community if we can continue to be of service. Our goal is to help communities re-connect with the wisdom within to establish regenerative youth and community development through rites of passage experiences.
As David says, “Programs don’t change people. People in relationships that matter change people.”
Change the Story, Transform the Future
Education is our greatest potential resource for nourishing life. In the Electronic Campfire emergent design experience with Dr. David Blumenkrantz from the Center for Youth & Community, we will explore the language of and consciousness for youth and community development through rites of passage.
Under the guidance of an elder with almost 50 years of knowledge and experience working with cultures and communities all over the world, you will learn the language for initiating conversations in your community for changing consciousness for coming of age the RITE way.
Through one-of-a-kind online course materials and collaborative “electronic campfires” (video webinars), we will explore through personal stories and experiences, videos, published articles and books by Dr. Blumenkrantz and others with great wisdom to share. And, as a special bonus participants will receive and be guided in readings from David’s next book, published by Oxford University Press: Coming of Age the RITE Way: Youth & Community Development through Rites of Passage.
Together we will build a “Learning Community to explore:
- History and current relevance of rites of passage in youth & community development
- Language of rites of passage through analysis of the core elements in the architectural framework
- How the framework and elements are a unifying story that links all other education and youth development efforts and are integrated within emergent design
- How to introduce a rite of passage “story” within your setting and/or community
What to Expect
- Emergent design experience for learning how to co-author a rite of passage “story” in your community
- Online materials such as one of a kind videos, published articles and excerpts from books by Dr. Blumenkrantz and others with great wisdom to share (all electronic campfire materials will be included with membership although supplemental materials may be suggested for desired for your work beyond our collaborations)
- 4 collaborative “Electronic Campfires” (video webinars) to share our reflections, revelations, growth and change of consciousness
Discovering Our Shared Story
Youth & community development through rites of passage is a whole system’s approach to help us move from “what’s my story” and “what’s your story” to “what’s our story” that is shared between youth and their community (and then their community with other communities).
If the children are indeed our future than the stories about how we educate and help them come of age are the most important stories to get right. Since 1966 Dr. David Blumenkrantz from the Center of Youth & Community has been exploring concepts, theories, stories and practices related to youth and community development. He has worked in a wide array of places co-designing and helping identify core principles related to a new story he has called youth and community development through rites of passage.
When we get the story RITE, we get our future right.
Join David, Jen, and others from around the world for this online emergent design experience that will help you become a catalyst for change and support initiating youth and community development through rites of passage. By learning to rush to reflection before action we can change the story and transform the future.
David says, “It takes a whole child to raise a village.”