2019 Application Process
The Spotsylvania Sunday School Union, Spotsylvania NAACP, and a host of local churches hosted the 8th Annual Rites of Passage Program, July 26-29, 2018, which culminated in the graduation of approximately 35 young men ages 12-18 at Bethlehem Baptist Church.
The 2018 program participants came from the local community, and greater Washington, DC area, and Maryland to “rise to the challenge” of enduring physical and mental challenges by completing a 5:00 a.m. grueling five-mile road orienteering march, camping out and living under the stars, fishing, mastering leadership and team-building activities, but also participating in workshops designed to shape life skills and influence positive choices, such as learning basic first aid, CPR, developing useful computer skills, and gaining an understanding of important civic responsibilities.
This program was organized under the dynamic leadership of Minister Mozett Petway in 2008 and has gained in size and community support each year. Rites of Passage participants are led by leaders and volunteers from local churches and community organizations who freely give their time, resources, and services annually to serve as mentors to help make an invaluable positive influence on the young men who often come from single parent households in order to provide a wholesome and supportive transformative learning
environment at no cost.
The 2019 Annual Rites of Passage program is now open and the leadership invites candidates to consider applying now for the 2019 program which will be held June 27-29, 2019. You may register online at
There is No Cost to participate. However, there will be a $10.00 participation fee for all applications received after June 13, 2019. Note: Please ensure to complete all forms. Signatures will be obtained at meeting with parents. (Please turn in your applications Early to be able to secure your slot!)
Please visit the Rights of Passage website to learn more.
Individuals who are interested in participating as 2019 mentors or sponsors may contact the Rites of Passage leadership team at or visit http://www.movrop.com/about to apply and learn more about this exciting program.