Child Education & Personal Development

This section provides information on child education resources, as well as programs focused on building character, self-confidence, and self-identity of kids.

Rite of Passage (ROP) program operated by 4-H and WSU
The 4-H Rite of Passage (ROP) program involves group sessions prior to participants spending three days and nights in the wilderness.  This safe and supervised “solo vision fast” is a time for teens to experience life without the distractions of cell phones, friends, and family. Time-honored rituals of confronting difficult situations, being introspective, and saying goodbye to negative behaviors allow strong character and healthy relationships.

Ignite Youth Mentoring
A faith based program committed to providing youth in the Tri-Cities adult role models of Christian Character. They partner with schools, youth and family agencies, counselors and churches to support and build our youth.

Boy Scouts of America
One of the nation’s largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

Girl Scouts of the USA
The world’s preeminent organization dedicated solely to girls—all girls—where, in an accepting and nurturing environment, girls build character and skills for success in the real world. In partnership with committed adult volunteers, girls develop qualities that will serve them all their lives, like leadership, strong values, social conscience, and conviction about their own potential and self-worth.

YMCA of Tri-Cities
Your Tri-Cities partner in youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.  For over 50 years, our YMCA has been serving our communities with quality youth and family programs, engaging events and activities and enriching volunteer opportunities.

The YMCA of the Greater Tri-Cities is a YMCA without walls. We pride ourselves in providing the Tri-Cities community with the best childcare options in the area. From preschool to camps, to after-school care and teen programs, nurturing and enriching the youth in our community is at the heart of our mission.

Boys’ and Girls’ Club of Benton and Franklin Counties
Today the Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties operates 11 club sites in the Tri-Cities area. The Main Branch is over 22,000 sq. ft. dedicated to serving kids ranging in the ages from 3-12. The Bobbie Littrell Teen Center provides services directly targeting youth grades 6 and up. In 2004 we opened the Columbia Center Rotary Branch Music & Arts Center in downtown Kennewick.