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Rite of Passage for Males

Practitioners at Osiris Group believe that Black males are under extreme social, psychological, economic and political pressure, which has a direct bearing on the formation and stability of the Black family and community. It is for this reason that we at the Osiris Group offer a Rite of Passage for Black males.  The Osiris Group adheres to the Rite of Passage model developed by Cary D. Graham of Atlanta GA.

Helping Boys Grow into Responsible Men

Clinicians at Osiris Group believe that manhood is affected through behavior. Everything a man says and does affects his manhood. Everything that has an effect on a man's behavior creates an affect in his manhood.  The key to improving the male experience is to address the major underlying issues that anchor male behavior. Positive changes in male behavior will automatically affect the level, caliber and quality of life of youth and impact what he experiences as he grows into manhood.

A man's behavior (young or old) sets him apart from other males.  According to the Rites of Passage model developed by Cary D. Gram, there are sixteen (16) areas of behavior that ties one man to all males. These 16 areas of behavior are the standards by which every man is measured.  They include the ability to be the following:  1. Loving; 2. Trustworthy; 3. Patient;  4. Forgiving;  5. Honest; 6. Respectful; 7. Disciplined; 8. Reliable; 9. Understanding; 10.Compassionate; 11. Studious; 12. Kind; 13. Courageous; 14. Loyal; 15. Responsible; and 16. Obedient. 

Through behavior in these 16 areas a male defines and redefines his manhood everyday of his life.  In order to understand manhood and a males development into manhood one must look at the cause and affect relationships shared by behavior according to standards by which behavior can be analyzed.  Webster’s new intercollegiate dictionary defines behavior as: 1) The manner of conducting oneself and 2) The response of an individual, group or species to its environment.  A male's behavior performance is divided into three areas: a) What he say’s; b) his attitude; and c) What he does.

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 By managing behavioral responses in these three areas one can elevate the level of their response and improve their behavior.

We use Rites of Passage model to measure males through assessment and discussion by raising the 16 behavior standards to tenets.  A tenet is a guiding principle or value that anchors development into manhood.  We then hold individual and group discussions with our males on what he says, his attitude and what he does.  We try to get males to understand the cause affect relationships shared by behavior and the tenets.  We then target undesirable behavior and teach them to  focus their energy on improving in that behavior.

Everything observed in the words, attitude and actions of all people tells the story of how we are dealing with the tenets inside and where our behavioral responses begin. We can also see and adjust the level and caliber of our personal and professional relationships.

When we improve our relationship with the tenets we will our improve behaviors.  As healthy young people and mature adults we have the right, the responsibility and the ability to improve in our behavior.

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