Rites of Passage

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Rites of Passage
by Ayotunde Oladunjoye Also Known As Sonya Mann-McFarlane

Pregnancy continues to be a social problem confronting adolescents and remains a greater risk among African-American youth than Whites. Adolescent rites of passage programs that focus on pregnancy prevention have been proven effective in assisting adolescents with the transition into young adulthood through mentorship, support and education with a focus on restoring traditional African values. Given opportunity and attention, adolescents can make significant positive contributions to the community. This book examines rites of passage programs, provides an account for how such programs combat high pregnancy rates, and presents an outline of one effective rites of passage program focusing on pregnancy prevention.

About the Author

Ayotunde Oladunjoye Also Known As Sonya Mann-McFarlane has restored full honor through re-connection to her ancestral lineage. Ayotunde, Founding Director for Imani Edu-Tainers African Dance Company, holds a Master's Degree in Health Education from Penn State University. The Imani Edu-Tainers African Dance Company, a not-for-profit organization, promotes community awareness of West African culture. She has conducted extensive research on the impact of rites of passage programming on adolescent development. Her artistic ventures include the cultural impact on positive adolescent development, of which is evident in the development of the successful Mate Masie rites of passage program presented in this book.

(2012, paperback, 60 pages)


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