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About Us

Thornhill Rites of Passage Foundation


Empowering young men of color to navigate the unique cultural challenges - social, economic and developmental 

by building the Core4 - Character, Competence, Competitiveness, and Citizenship

to secure access to a future without limits.


Founded in 2016 by Attorney Wayne L. Thornhill, and his wife, Michelle, the Thornhill Rites of Passage Foundation

is rooted in the value and "strategic parenting" approach they use to raise their two sons, and program cohorts,

to deepen their knowledge in areas aligned their individual interests.  Ensuring they had a yearlong Rites of

Passage experience when they turned twelve, the year-long grounding was the impetus for the 

HūMan Rites Of Passage Program (HūROP).

This has become a family affair with each of the Thornhill's leveraging their gifts for the benefit of the Foundation. 

Wayne is the visionary for the program and facilitates the monthly sessions.  Michelle provides back-end

support and works with the volunteers.  Kwasi designed and trademarked the crest, is an alumni of  2018-2019

HūROP Cohort, and serves as a student advisor on the Foundation Board of Directors.   Kwame is an alumni

of the 2016-2017 HūROP Cohort, participated in the CEO Forum for the 2018-2019 Cohort inspiring

the next generation of entrepreneurs, and serves as a peer mentor.

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