After 30 years of working with youth, over 20,000 youth have been served by Rite of Passage’s programs. We are proud that so many of these formerly at-risk students have gone on to lead successful lives in their families, careers and in the community. While there are numerous success stories to share, here are just a few:
Jeremy Estrada – After graduating from Rite of Passage in 1994, Jeremy was featured in a public service announcement by the California Wellness Resources for Youth campaign. Jeremy also attended college and on May 16, 2009, Jeremy received his medical degree from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He is now Dr. Estrada. He is doing his residency at the University of Chicago, and when he finishes, he will focus on providing cardiovascular disease treatment to under served populations.
Montoya Graham – Since completing ROP, Montoya attended Tennessee State University and graduated with a Master’s Degree in Science. After many years working with teens became the Executive Director of the Boys and Girls Club of Vacaville (CA). Mr. Graham currently sits on the Board of Directors for Rite of Passage, ATCS as well as the Passageway Scholarship Foundation.
Caitlyn Stacey – While at ROP, Caitlin earned her GED and attended college via on-line courses. After leaving ROP, Caitlin returned to her community and began working in the insurance industry and is currently attending college. Caitlin has returned to speak at ROP where she shares her story and tells students, “You have to keep trying to do the best you can.”