TRACKS - INSPIRING (YOUNG) MEN
Tracks is part of the Rites of Passage Foundation and specialises in assisting young men to make the fundamental, emotional and psychological shift from child to young adult. Our community led camps are designed as a powerful rite of passage for boys and their families. They’re also a lot of fun too!
Strong, healthy men, women and families through community-led Rites of Passage.
The Tracks rites of passage are processes that mark the adolescent transition, for the participant, the family and the community, between the two life stages of childhood and adulthood. Adolescent initiation rites offer a community led journey of separation, transition and integration as a way to work meaningfully with adolescents as they move between the life stages of childhood into adulthood. In Aotearoa/New Zealand the Tracks programme provides a five day contemporary rite of passage for adolescents and, where possible, their fathers. The rite of passage is based on the assumption that adolescents need opportunities to find their voices and make meaning if they are to become more aware of who they are and where they belong.
In our society today there is a need for a healthy transition for young people from childhood to adulthood, where they move into new, appropriate responsibilities and status in the adult world.
Evidence suggests that for at least 50,000 years, in cultures the world over, communities have initiated their young into adulthood. The rite of passage processes, though different everywhere, are structurally very much the same.
When a community doesn’t provide formal, constructive rites of passage then we usually find young people engaging in destructive, informal versions of it, that often come at great cost to the individual and society.
If we don’t initiate the young, they will burn down the village to feel the heat.
We offer the following range of programmes
Tracks is not affiliated with any particular faith or culture, but aims to provide a balanced, multi-generational community where young people can learn. We believe in supporting young people to stand tall, alive and full of hope for their and our future.
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