Current Programs


The Thornhill Rites of Passage Foundation offers programs that provide a continuum for young men in grades 7-9 to gain core skills and experiences based on the Core4 (Character, Competence, Competitiveness and Character), including mentoring and a paid internship in their field of interest.

The HūMan Rites Of Passage Program (HūROP) is a twelve-month curriculum that targets 7th grade Black boys, and supports them through a set of monthly experiential sessions based on a holistic curriculum, engaged mentorship, outcome-focused initiatives, and heritage as a catalyst.  The program culminates with a closing ceremony where the young men deliver a public speech in multiple languages and the fathers decree a blessing over their son. 

The HūMan Leadership Institute (HLI) is offered to young men in grades 8-9 enabling them to join a brotherhood and build skills in wellness, money management, legal and civic engagement, entrepreneurship, and college preparedness.   The four interactive sessions are offered between December and June.  Applications must be submitted by October 30.

The Core  4


The mental and moral qualities that make you the distinctive person you are; the inner quality that shows on the outer actions.


Possession of a strong desire to be more successful than others; the quality of being better than others of comparable nature


Possessing the necessary ability, knowledge or skills to do something successfully


Possessing the legal status or position to inhabit a particular country or domain

Results of Program

  • Demonstrated growth with each participant over the year - a better knowledge of self, stronger bonds with other boys of color, and increased academic success:

  • Every young man doubled their investment of $250 generating new ideas and business enterprises.

  • Every young man has an activity resume, cover letter and interviewing skills

  • Young men introduced to over 30 professional men who become their mentors

  • Every young man has improved academically and on track to college

  • Every cohort organizes a community service project  

  • Every young man delivers speech at culminating ceremony in multiple languages