We have filled the position for an Administration Assistant that was advertised. Thank-you to the many applicants.
The Australian Rites of Passage Institute's programs are specifically designed to:
The Australian Rites of Passage Institute was setup by a team including Dr Arne Rubinstein, founding CEO of The Pathways Foundation Ltd.
Programs attended by thousands of teenage boys and girls over nearly 20 years has shown that:
Research in the field of Rites of Passage has shown that all Indigenous communities created a Rite of Passage for their boys and girls at the age of puberty and the fundamental reason was to:
The Australian Rites of Passage Institute has been set up to both develop and deliver programs.
Dr Rubinstein was the founding CEO of the Pathways Foundation and was nominated for Australian of the Year in 2008 for his ground-breaking work creating contemporary Rites of Passage programs for thousands of teenagers and their families around Australia and internationally. He began working with teenagers in 1982 after graduating from the International Institute for Youth Leaders in Jerusalem.
He was a General Practitioner specialising in Adolescent Health and Emergency Medicine for 15 years. In the 1990’s he designed and ran innovative drug prevention and sex education programs in High Schools in Northern NSW.
Dr Rubinstein has studied extensively on the topic of Initiations and Rites of Passage in communities around the world. He was a senior facilitator at the first international conference on Rites of Passage in Hawaii in 2008 and he has written a model outlining the fundamental differences between “Normal Boy Psychology” and “Healthy Man Psychology”, those differences being the reason why all indigenous societies initiated their boys.
Dr Rubinstein was the winner of the Social Ventures Australia inaugural Harvard Business School scholarship and attended in 2006 a course in Strategic Non Profit Management for CEOs from around the World. In 2007 he was a finalist for the Australian Non Profit CEO of the Year. He has also been invited twice to attend the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship at Oxford University.
Dr Rubinstein has 2 sons at University, is a keen surfer and dedicated to a healthy, loving and passion filled life. He lives on 200 acres of beautiful forest in Northern NSW.
James Dods has extensive business and board experience including for profit and non-profit companies.
His knowledge of financial management including legals, insurance, and OH&S processes has proved invaluable in guiding companies from the start up stage through to a successful viable businesses.
Since undertaking the Pathways to Manhood Program in 2002 with his son, James has become passionate about Rites of Passage and the significant positive effect they play when introduced to society. James is also a musician, songwriter, and surfer and as a married father is passionate about building stronger and more functional communities.
Garry Thompson brings a wealth of social and business sector experience to his role as Head of Programs and Training at The Australian Rites of Passage Institute. Garry is the former Chief of Operations the Pathways Foundation, a non- profit organisation that works in both the community and corporate sector that specialises in the healthy development of families and the journey that a child goes through to become an adult “a rite of passage”.
Garry is a graduate of an AMP funded future leaders program and a founding member and director of “Families That Work”, an organisation targeted at the school and business sector to develop and increase the emotion intelligence, skills, and knowledge of parents so they are better equipped to provide healthy leadership within the home. “FTW” also provide business coaching to the corporate sector in the field of emotional intelligence.
Garry is a professional speaker and consults to a range of family development organisations developing and facilitating parenting courses and working with teenagers down to five year olds, supporting them with behavioural and life challenges.
Garry is a former project manager for the “Communities for Children” project, responsible for the roll out of over six million dollars worth of funds targeted at families that have children birth to twelve years old which includes organisational coaching and the performance management of sixteen contracts.
He is passionate about social capital and spent 16 years in the family development sector where he has had dealings with over 700 families who presented with a range of issues from communication breakdown to cases of abuse and neglect. He has also spent time working in remote Aboriginal communities as a family and youth development officer.
Garry is a loving father to Kianaa and Corban, and is happily married to Jen. He prides himself on the emotional, physical and spiritual health of his children and marriage and lives by the philosophy that success begins at home.
Astra Jerebine completed a Bachelor of Education with honours. She has worked in organisations running programs for families for more than 5 years.