About

We use an educational model based on The Rite of Passage Framework to help individuals strengthen their sense of self, learn critical life skills, discover their potential and create a healthy vision for the future. We are working to create a world where all people and communities thrive.

What is a Rite of Passage?

For thousands of years, Indigenous and traditional communities recognised the importance of supporting individuals to transition safely from one stage of life to another through Rites of Passage. Marking these transitions were seen as fundamental in the growth, connectedness and health of an individual and community. In modern society, the need for programs that help equip young people with the confidence and tools to tackle the adventure and challenges that lie ahead are more critical than ever.

Team

The depth of experience and practice of our team is world class.
Dr Arne Rubinstein / CEO

Dr Arne is an expert on Rites of Passage and adolescent development, with 30 years experience as a medical doctor, counsellor, mentor, speaker and workshop facilitator. The programs, seminars and programs he’s helped to develop have been attended by over 100,000 people globally and are designed to support boys and girls to successfully make a safe, healthy transition to adulthood, with a particular focus on creating coming of age Rites of Passage.

James Wright / General Manager
James brings a wide and diverse range of skills to the organisation in his role as General Manager having worked in senior positions in a number of companies in Australia and globally.
He has over 10 years of experience in the creative arts media at the helm of production companies producing large-scale public events, broadcast television and radio. James has a passion for communications and works overseeing our digital presence and the role technology plays in the growth, development, and operation of the organisation. James has 3 young daughters and is involved in multiple community projects which demonstrate the ethos of thinking globally and acting locally.
Aaron Densham / Head of Training & Development

Aaron has led and taught groups all over the world, most recently with the Centre for Social Impact Strategy based out of the University of Pennsylvania. Aaron is a dynamic educator, facilitator and experience designer.

His passion in education is focused on self-exploration, well-being and creating social impact. He has spent more than ten years creating and implementing educational experiences and curriculum in schools, non-profits and educational institutions.

Joel Hines / Schools Coordinator

Joel brings with him a wealth of experience in a range of industries including health, technology and education. He is passionate about the education of the whole child ensuring a balance of academic mastery with social and emotional intelligence.

His personal mission is to assist educators develop creative, adaptable thinkers for the future, individuals who have a deep sense of purpose and universal responsibility.

 

Leona DeBolt/ Administration Manager

Leona is a pivotal member of the team with her high level organisational and administrative skills. She has worked as a manager in national organisations overseeing complex process, finances and HR.

She also loves doughnuts.

Bere / Training Officer

Bere has over 25 years experience in transformational facilitation and has been trained as an Outdoor Educator.  He brings passion, intellect and wisdom to all that he does.  His role as Training Officer on our Making of Men Camps provides the opportunity for him to impart this wisdom so future generations can benefit from the lifelong learning journey he has experienced thus far.

John Imbrogno / Program Manager

John has been working with young men since he sold his business in Melbourne and moved to Northern NSW. He is a talented story teller, drummer and singer. He was a senior facilitator at The Pathways Foundation and is a Senior Facilitator and Training Officer for our Making of Men program. He works at Kingscliff High School.

Karim Kaufman / Program Manager

Karim is deeply passionate about supporting young people to grow and develop into healthy adults. He works with young adults as a youth worker, runs a Boys Groups, facilitates on our Rites of Passage programs and is the Head of our Junior programs including Young Warriors and the Father Daughter weekends.