Two integrated cohorts of ROP participants were evaluated by Mark Van Ryzin, University of Oregon, using the Rosenberg Self-Esteem Scale (Rosenberg, 1965, Hagborg 1993), and the Children’s Hope Scale (Snyder, et al. 1997). Each cohort demonstrated significant growth in self-esteem during the 4-H Rite of Passage. Growth in hope for the second cohort was close to significant (p<.06) Participants in the Rite of Passage reported persisting effects that included improvements in attitudes, mood, and altruistic social effects.
Circles of Influence
Adult participants in the 4-H ROP program have shared our programs beyond 4-H and influenced both local and international communities:
Schools and Universities
Therapeutic and Intervention Programs
Leadership, Wilderness, and Governance Organizations
“What stuck with me the most was how in just 10 days I felt like the people I had been there with I had known all my life. I still think about everything about my experience almost every day. The thing that has really stayed with me was the feeling of me letting myself really go, and becoming the man I always knew inside I could be.” K.A., Male age 17
“Rite of Passage was an amazing eye-opening experience. I would do it again in a heartbeat. I went with an intention to appreciate what I have at the moment and to have empathy for others. It's so life changing, and helps you realize who you truly are as a person. Getting to know yourself and your needs and where you stand in this world. I totally recommend doing ROP. I believe it can really change your perspective on life.” L. P-V, Female age 16
For more information about WSU 4-H Rite of Passage opportunities contact Mike Wallace, WSU Whatcom County Extension, 1000 N. Forest Street, Suite 201, Bellingham, WA 98225, 360-778-5813, or visit our website at: http://tiny.cc/ropwsu.