Collectively Planting our Seeds Firmly in a Foundation of Culture, History, Art and Community at FYCIP

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, parents, facilitators and young boys at the Family Resource Center Youth Intervention Program celebrated the closing ceremony of their Boys Rites of Passage program. The gathering allowed parents to see the various character building experiences and growth their children achieved during their months together as participants of the program. The free program is funded by the Department of Human Services, and starts in January and September annually.

The boys are ages 9 to 12 years-old and with more community support, the program can continue to offer free lunches and field trips. This would help as they continue to provide their weekly tai-chi, computer literacy, social development/socialization skills, cultural literacy and ecological art activities. The classes take place at their Second Avenue FYCIP center on Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. A closing ceremony, usually occurs at the end of each component with a Rites of Passage for girls that happens in summers for six weeks. For more information, call Greg McGriff, Ph.D. at 340-776-9085 or email faycip@yahoo.com.
Students start the day off doing Tai Chi and Chi Gung

Learning emotional and spiritual self management Tai Chi with Calvin Dallas students start the day off doing Tai Chi and Chi Gung to balance and center themselves with self discipline and focusing techniques outdoors facilitated by Calvin Dallas. Dallas is one of the four adult instructors at the Boys Rites of Passage Program on St. Thomas, VI under the Family Resource Center.

Dallas bringing it in with the boys after a Tai Chi morning session

Photo Caption: Calvin Dallas bringing it in with the boys after a Tai Chi morning session

Teaching self pride and respect through cultural literacy, Dr. Celia Victor uses methods like The Virtues Project along with modern and basic history  instilling a sense of accomplishment and possibilities in the young men.

Teaching self pride and respect through cultural literacy, Dr. Celia Victor helps a student present his vision board to the parents, facilitators and other youth.

Addelita Cancryn Jr. High School Art Teacher Leba OlaNiyi teaches ecological arts and crafts to the boys along with African drumming. The facilitators at FYCIP understand that listening first, then sharing non academic methods of training encourage the boys to express themselves creatively and also become more considerate problem solvers.

Art Teacher Leba OlaNiyi teaches ecological arts and crafts to the boys

 

The cake shared at the closing ceremony
The cake shared at the closing ceremony

Students display their vision boards with their mentors
Students display their vision boards with their mentors

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