The Frator Heru Institute (TFHI) was founded in the Spring of 1986 in Brooklyn, NY as a community-based educational consortium offering mobile education workshops and seminars, expert consulting, tutoring and referrals.
In the Summer of 1988, after relocating to Philadelphia, PA, The FHI instituted official public Rites-of-Passage Training Workshops (ROP-TWS) for men and boys based on the Founder’s own home-based / household Rites established in 1980. Subsequently, after much research, these Rites evolved into The FHI ROP Facilitators Intensive Training (ROP FIT) and the FHI ROP for Young Men (FHI ROP-YM).
In the Spring of 1990, The FHI partnered with the Temple University Pan-African Studies Community Education Program (PASCEP) (1990 – 2008) to co-sponsor The FHI Rites-of-Passage initiatives in Philadelphia and at the State Correctional Institution at Graterford (SCI-Graterford) in Graterford, PA. These initiatives pro-actively address concerns of personal growth (intellectual, spiritual and physical), family development, and promote realistic strategies and practical models to address those concerns.
In the Spring of 2004, The FHI and TU PASCEP partnered with the newly-formed Black Male Development Symposium (BMDS) at Arcadia University and Village Builders, LLC (2004 – 2008).
Presently, The FHI and the BMDS are partnered and geared up for the upcoming Annual Black Male Development Symposiums scheduled each year for a Saturday in May at Arcadia University.
The BMDS Reception, held at the African American Museum in Philadelphia (AAMP) in early May, includes a public presentation of those who have completed the most recent ROP cycles.