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    RITES OF PASSAGE FOUNDATION

    Tracks became a Charitable Trust in 2002 when a group of men, comprising youth workers, leaders of men’s groups, counsellors, teachers, friends and fathers from all over the country, gathered together for a weekend to discuss how to recognise in our modern world the transition boys make as they pass through adolescence to adulthood. From these discussions Tracks was born, but that was just the beginning. Since then we have continued to host and develop our Rites of Passage Events (ROPE), which guide teenage boys and their families through a fully supported transition from young boy to a more independent young man.

    In 2012 Tracks and sister organisation Tides joined in the Rites of Passage Foundation (ROPF). In conjunction with our community, trustees and facilitators, ROPF continues to develop new ways to support men and women, and, in particular, young men and women and youth leaders. As our Tracks community grows we connect with more and more like-minded people around the world.

     

    THE MANAGEMENT TEAM

    Jim Horton - Founder and Trustee

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    Now in his late sixties, Jim has spent the last eighteen years actively involved in men’s culture, which he has been involved in nurturing in NZ, as well in Australia, South Africa, Canada and the USA. Originally a dentist from England, Jim has lived in South Africa and Canada (where two of his sons were born) and has considered New Zealand his home for the last 20 years.

    It was while observing the adolescence of his five sons and step-sons, and children of other families in the intentional community around him, that led Jim to initiate Tracks.

    Jim’s personal journey with men’s work led him to the concept of ‘conscious mentoring’ and 'rites of passage' (initiation) over thirteen years ago. Since then, he has also become interested in the concept of 'eldership' in our modern society and how to create a generational men’s culture that supports the growth of healthy people.

    Jim is an active Trustee of the Tui Spiritual and Educational Trust and lives in the Tui Community, Golden Bay, with his partner Susan Jessie, his dog Maggie and a small herd of beef cattle.

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    Adge Tucker - Community and Events Coordinator

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    Adge is grateful that for the past 19 years, youth work has been both his passion and his work. In that time he has been involved with many projects in England and in New Zealand. Adge currently chairs the Nelson Tasman Youth Workers Collective and is also involved with developing and promoting the sector and profession on a national level.

    The Tracks contemporary rites of passage model is one of the most potent and relevant approaches Adge has seen in terms of addressing the current needs of boys, young men, their families and communities. He feels that its ability to educate and empower young men with the necessary tools and awareness to navigate the ‘bridge of adolescence’, redefine their relationships and move out into the world as confident, responsible young adults is unique. To see young men realising their potential and standing strong with a sense of purpose and direction, ready to contribute to society is extremely rewarding and brings a sense of hope to our future.

    Adge feels privileged to be managing the organisation; he loves the work, the people and the place. His goals are to assist in the development of sustainable communities who support their future generations through effective and enjoyable rites of passage experiences. He also raises awareness of the organisation’s work, its relevance and effectiveness, right across the globe.

    Adge lives with his wife and three children in Golden Bay and loves this part of the South Island.

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    BENEFITS

    1. Access your potential
    2. Develop your personal identity and self-esteem
    3. Enhance your communication and social skills
    4. Trust your intuition
    5. Build constructive peer relationships
    6. Recognise your positive role within the family, community and society
    7. Embrace the responsibilities and privileges of manhood
    8. Transform this new knowledge into positive action in the wider community