Impact Evaluation of a Rites of Passage Mentoring Program
Ed.D. dissertation completed in 2011 for Olivet Nazarene University.
This longitudinal study was designed to determine the impact of the Beaux Affair Rites of Passage Mentoring Program (BAROPMP). The Afrocentric aspect of the program was essential to the development of young Black male participants because it helped them cope with some of the important challenges of achieving manhood, academic, and career achievement. Black manhood training offered some young Black males the opportunity for guidance, structure, and the possibility of self-actualization through an opportunity for affirmation, reawakening, and rebirth.
The study confirmed that the program impacted and influenced participants and graduates completion of high school and college, their decision-making on career choice, and roles as fathers, husbands, and mentors. Participants attributed much of their success and personal development to increased levels of self-esteem/self-concept, and social interactions as a result of their rites of passage journey in the BAROPMP. The research findings revealed that program elders/mentors were caring, helpful, and effective in their mentoring and support of all participants and graduates. Past program graduates indicated their overall approval for the program’s effectiveness and relevancy.