As in primitive societies and in gangs, new members must perform heroic acts to be admitted to the group. Most of these initiations in the past, and most certainly within gangs, were violent.
The Council shifts the rite of passage to the required behavioral changes that enable a participant to become a member of a united and supportive family. The ability to listen, to accept differences, to speak constructively, to express feelings in a healthy manner, to be supportive and compassionate are all prerequisites to a meaningful familial life. Our members are keenly aware that the support systems they require for growth and development will not be realized unless all members reflect these skills and abilities. To that end, all participants are given an induction manual in which their interpersonal goals are tracked for an entire year. These abilities are monitored and assessed by our teachers, who administer the program, and our site coordinators to ensure that all candidates meet these requirements. An elaborate induction ceremony is hosted every year for all candidates who meet these prerequisites. At this event they recite the Council pledge and are formally received into the Council family for life.