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by:Caroline Aversano

 

Marking the milestones on the road to adulthood

 

There are two interconnected paths to coming of age – religious rites of passage and cultural celebrations.

 

Religious Rites of Passage

General resources

Beliefnet.com

An independent spiritual web site, Beliefnet is not affiliated with any spiritual organization or movement.

http://www.beliefnet.com/index/index_10191.html

 

Religioustolerance.org

Ontario Consultants on Religious Tolerance is a multi-faith group. As of January 2006, OCRT consists of one Atheist, Agnostic, Christian, Wiccan and Zen Buddhist. http://www.religioustolerance.org/wicpuber.htm

 

Specific religions

Jewish Bar Mitzvah, Bat Mitzvah and Confirmation

            A simply worded explanation of the significance of these rituals.

http://www.jewfaq.org/barmitz.htm

 

Catholic Confirmation

Entry in the Catholic Encyclopedia for confirmation; describes current practices, history, and theology, as well as the role of confirmation in British and Irish churches, and in other Christian faiths.

http://www.newadvent.org/cathen/04215b.htm

 

A list of links ranging from Christian names to a confirmation quiz designed by the US Conference of Catholic Bishops’ Office for the Catechism.

http://www.silk.net/RelEd/confirmation.htm

 

Hindu Sacred Thread Ceremony

Hindu boys would go through the Janeu or Upanayana ceremony, which is popularly known as the Sacred Thread Ceremony, It is the rite through which a male child is initiated into the vows of the guru, the Vedas, the restraints, observances and the vicinity of God.

http://dalsabzi.tripod.com/Books/Hindu_customs_and_beliefs/rituals_pg1.htm

 

Islam al-khitan

The pros and cons of male and female circumcision presented by the FGM Education and Networking Project.

http://www.fgmnetwork.org/authors/samialdeeb/Mutilate/Chapter3.html

 

Unitarian Coming of Age Program

A program designed to help teens determine what is means to be a Unitarian Universalist, both individually and in context of a faith community.

http://clf.uua.org/re/coa/

 

Wiccan Coming of Age

An attempt to meld old traditions with modern realities to instill in Wiccan teens “knowledge of and belief in themselves as special, worthy, and intelligent.”

http://www.tryskelion.com/adulthd.htm

 

Cultural Celebrations

Quinceaños

A rite of passage for fifteen-year-old Latina girls, it is a traditional in which a young girl is symbolically escorted into womanhood by her family and the event is witnessed by her community.

http://www.nyfolklore.org/pubs/voic28-3-4/onair.html

http://www.library.eb.com/hispanic_heritage/article-9389229

 

 

Seijin no hi or Seijin shiki

The Japanese Coming of Age festival is celebrated on the second Monday of January. All young people who turn twenty years old in that year are celebrated on Seijin no hi. Twenty is the age considered as the beginning of adulthood. It is also the minimum legal age for voting, drinking, and smoking. Celebrations are held nationwide in every town with most of the people turning 20 participating in formal dresses. Seijin no hi is a national holiday.

http://www.japan-guide.com/e/e2280.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seijin_no_hi

 

 

Other milestone events

Driving – a privilege and a responsibility

Drivehomesafe.com’s page for teens.

http://drivehomesafe.com/just_4_u_teens.htm

 

Safe driving tips for teens, parents, and all drivers

http://www.teendriving.com/

 

The I Promise Program – The heart of the program is the Parent-Youth Safe Driving Contract, developed with the input of teens, parents, police, traffic safety experts and researchers. The issue isn't trust, it’s safety.

http://www.ipromiseprogram.com/

 

 

Got a job? Don’t blow all that hard earned cash!

Start Smart: Money Management for Teens
How to save, spend and protect your cash

http://www.fdic.gov/consumers/consumer/news/cnsum06/index.html

 

The Motley Fool’s Teens & Their Money

Investing information teens should understand.

http://www.fool.com/teens/teens.htm

 

Teen spending quiz from the Indiana Department of Financial institutions

http://www.in.gov/dfi/education/MiniLessons/teen%20spending%20Mini.html

 

TeenSpace at the Internet Public Library’s page on Money & Work

http://www.ipl.org/div/teen/browse/mw0000/

 

 

Turn your hobby or talent into a business

US Small Business Administration’s Teen business page

Advice on starting, growing & owning your own business.

http://www.sba.gov/teens/

 

The Political Process & Voting

Center for Youth Citizenship

http://www.youthcitizenship.org/

 

CoolTeens forum on Politics

http://www.cool-teens.com/forumdisplay.php?forumid=46

 

Explore the workings of the branches of government, get politically educated and involved.

http://www.teengov.org/

 

US Department of State’ Youth page

http://future.state.gov/

 

Voter Registration

http://bensguide.gpo.gov/9-12/election/registration.html

 

Youth Leadership Initiative – the University of Virginia Center for Politics

http://www.youthleadership.net/index.jsp

 

 

General resources

Internet Public Library’s TeenSpace

Information to help with life, school, friends, and work.

http://www.ipl.org/div/teen/

 

Parent-teen.com: an online magazine for families with teens

Ok, so it’s geared towards adults, but why let that stop you from visiting the site!

http://www.parent-teen.com/

 

 

Articles

Teens come of age at parties they’re not old enough for

All about MTV’s My Super Sweet 16

http://www.boston.com/yourlife/home/articles/2005/10/20/teens_come_of_age_at_parties_theyre_not_old_enough_for/

 

USA Today Coming-of-age grows lavish

The Sweet 16 party goes upscale.

http://www.usatoday.com/life/lifestyle/2006-04-18-sweet16_x.htm

 

Teen Protester: Coming of Age in Turkey Through the Anti-War Movement
The war in Iraq inspired many people to get involved in protests for the first time. Ozgur Yazici an 18-year-old student from Turkey, explains how the war inspired him and his friends to take to the streets.

http://www.commondreams.org/headlines03/0507-10.htm

 

Organizations & Agencies:

Organizations

Healthy Teen Network

A national organization focused on adolescent health and well being with an emphasis on teen pregnancy prevention, teen pregnancy, and teen parenting.

http://www.healthyteennetwork.org/

 

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