Rites of Passage

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child

The Stamford Rites of Passage program assists students in learning about the significance of African and African-American heritage, to build academic confidence and close the achievement gap. 

Young people who go through this program form a healthier attitude to educational attainment and, consequently, are empowered to reach their full potential.

Questions regarding the program?  Travel sponsorship of a student? 



Rodney Bass

Community Liaison and Founder



Kim Langenmayr

Travel and Safety Coordinator



Sharon Wade

Communications Coordinator



Rites of Passage 11 Years of providing an educational experience of a lifetime!


Link to Application and Program Information

For additional information, please contact Sharon Wade, Communications Coordinator at swade@stamfordct.gov


If you would like to make a donation or sponsor a student on their journey to Africa, please contact

Sharon Wade, Communications Coordinator at swade@stamfordct.gov

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The Rites of Passage Program is a Stamford Connecticut Public Middle School District supported program, designed to assist primarily, but not exclusively African-American students in accurately learning about and integrating the significance of their African and American heritages.


The coursework requires a fourteen-week literature review of African and African-American history replete with guest speakers and instructors, mandatory readings, journal writing, Power Point presentations, and a CMT/Cap style final exam.  The academic portion of the program culminates with a journey to West Africa.  We are excited to report that over the past five years, over one hundred students, parents and teachers have participated in an educational trip to Africa visiting Senegal, the Gambia, Ghana and Egypt.