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Young Men & Women Enter their Rites of Passage

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Immanuel Praise Fellowship, in partnership with the Tehuti Educational Consortium and JAB Life Skills Foundation, held its first boys Rites-of-Passage and Selfhood Mastery Program that began August 3, 2009 culminating in a closing ceremony and ritual, examination of candidates, and reception on Sunday, November 8, 2009. Four young men received custom-size framed awards, $400 stipends, and an invaluable amount of practical, academic, and spiritual skills and knowledge necessary for selfhood mastery.


Pictured from the left in front are Kilan Alexander Pace, Ulysses Idarp Johnson, Jared Kosey Jones, and Jaren Paul Cyrus,Back row from left Elder A. Majadi, Dr. Joseph Bailey, Rev. Dr. Edward Bush, Nana Dr. Lawson Bush, V, and Rev. Kelvin Simmons.

The program included weekly lessons on African history, critical thinking and problem solving, spirituality, dating, love, and sexuality, and financial literacy. The aforementioned lessons were buttressed on and infused with the larger aim of teaching African American boys about dedication, discipline and work, sacrifice, achievement, and excellence by expanding their knowledge and understanding of self, society, and the Divine. The program was formed and operated on the African concept of Maat which is defined as “love in action.”


Immanuel Praise Fellowship was incorporated in October, 2007 and is committed to empowering God’s people to walk in their Spiritual birthright by teaching and preaching the Word in a thorough and simple manner therefore un-complicating Christ so everyone can experience equal and unlimited access to God. The Tehuti Educational Consortium was created to restore and reaffirm the authority of our students, parents, and educators as full and sovereign participants in the human experience. The JAB Life Skills Foundation was formed to replace self-defeating enslaved mind habits in struggling Black youth with fundamental lifeskills principles in order for them to live honorably and to thrive in American society.

For more information regarding the boys Rites-of-Passage and Selfhood Mastery Program, please contact Pastor LaQuetta Bush-Simmons of Immanuel Praise Fellowship at (909) 428-1558, Nana Dr. Lawson Bush, V of the Tehuti Educational Consortium at (909) 899-4906 or see Dr. Joseph Bailey of JAB Life Skills Foundation at www.jablifeskills.com.

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