Each month Rights of Passage (ROP) holds a community dinner. These dinners allow current and former youth, staff and special guests to come together as a community. It also helps teach our young people life skills such as cooking and the importance of eating healthy food.
Community dinners had been put on hold when COVID-19 hit in the spring and we can’t have outside guests come yet. But ROP recently resumed community dinners and everyone was thrilled that they were back on.
The young people are very respectful of the safety guidelines that are in place due to the pandemic and they have totally adjusted to staff serving up the food instead of everyone digging in when it’s ready.
At community dinners everyone chats with each other and shares stories about how their week is going. A youth DJed for us at a community dinner in June and recently another youth gave a break-dancing demo to see if anyone was interested in learning a new skill. Break-dancing has now turned into a weekly activity that is held on the rooftop that anyone can join in on.
Having youth help plan and cook the meals as well as sharing their talents like break-dancing gives them a chance to learn new skills and be a leader in the ROP community.
Check out some great pictures of our recent community dinner.