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Rite of Passage for
|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.
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
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
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
For more information about this program e-mail Larry@OsirisGroup.org