Rites of Passage Program

This program developed by the MAAT (an ancient Egyptian word meaning and ethical way of life) Center for Human and Organizational Enhancement, Inc. of Washington, D.C. is designed for African American males between the ages of 11 to 15. The goal of the MAAT program is empowerment of black adolescents through a nine-month rites of passage program. Youth can be referred from a variety of places, including, but not limited to, courts, schools, community organizations and so on. The program provides a multi-faceted, therapeutic intervention to youth.


A major component of the program is the after school program, held for three hours, three days per week. It offers modules on knowledge and behaviors for living, creative arts, math, and science. Module subject matter enhanced by presentations from community experts. Community experts will link fun, pro-social activities along with educational activities. In addition community experts will discuss and model knowledge and behaviors for living. Stipends are available for these presentations. After each module is completed, the youth develop topic related projects, such as the production of culturally oriented T-shirts, anti-substance abuse buttons, videotapes, and concerts. Youth will prepare and serve a snack at the beginning of each days programming. Family and caretaker involvement is encouraged in this program. Family enhancement and empowerment buffet dinners are held monthly. The objective of the dinners is to empower adults to advocate on behalf of their children and families and to work toward community improvement. Another component of the program includes casework and counseling with linkage to needed services.

Effective Black Parenting Program

 The Goal of EBPP is to provide parents with culturally relevant knowledge and training, based on research, to raise African American Children in the United States.


Accordingly, the CICC's Effective Black Parenting Program, which is based on an achievement orientation to African American parenting, provides an excellent learning and relearning context to help parents or guardians of African American children do the best job possible is raising children. Its basic ideas are derived from the writings of African American parenting scholars, from research with African American parents, and from adaptions of parenting skills that have been found helpful in raising children of all ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Intended Impact:

EBPP effects are summarized in the Journal of Community Psychology article, the program produced (a) significant reductions in different varieties of parental rejection; (b) trends and significant improvements in the quality of family relationships that favored the program; (c) trends and significant improvements in the quality of family relationships that favored the program; and (d) significant reductions is delinquent, withdrawn and hyperactive behavior among boy and girl children that favored the program and trends and significant differences in social competencies that also favored the program. Based on this and other research, the DuBois Institute expects to see an increase in parenting skills, parenting positive practices, the quality of the family relationships and a significant reduction in delinquent and negative behavior child participants.

Cognitive Behavioral Interventions in Schools (CBITS)

The CBITS program is a cognitive and behavioral therapy group intervention for reducing children's symptoms of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and depression caused by exposure to violence that has been used successfully in inner city schools with multicultural populations. CBITS has three main goals: to reduce symptoms related to trauma, to build resilience, and to increase peer and parent support. CBITS was designed for use in schools, but can also be implemented in a community setting, for children ages 10-14 that has had substantial exposure to violence and who have symptoms of PTSD in the subclinical range. The DuBois program is offered at the same location as the after school program. This early intervention includes group with 6 students for 10 sessions. In addition, the intervention includes 1-3 individual counseling sessions, two parent education sessions, and a teacher informational meeting for each participant.