Life is tough! Life is Life! Can life be easier? Can we provide skills to our ‘kids’ to empower and enable them to be one step ahead, to be confident, to feel strong and able to make different choices? The simple answer is YES. Can we help and support them to develop the amazing skills they already have? Again, YES. Will learning skills and developing their leadership skills increase their confidence and self-esteem? Will it improve their life pathway and future? Yes.

“Give a Teenager a Fish, and you Feed Them for a Day. Teach a Teenager to Fish, and You Feed Them for a Lifetime.”
– Chinese Proverb

Which would you choose?

“A leader is best when people barely know they exists, when their work is done, their aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.”
– Lao Tau

We have been on this planet for whatever amount of time and have experience as a teenager. Some of us are parents, others will have nephews and nieces or neighbours and this is our ‘teenage connection’. Because we’ve been there, we know the challenges they face. Depending on which generation we come from, we know how massively things have changed. Are they easier, harder, or are they just the same? Teenagers will be teenagers, as we were, so this maybe the same. However, the huge changes in technology, jobs and the way the world now works is definitely different. We do all find our way and take different opportunities offered to us. Yes we make mistakes because this is what supports our growth as our life evolves. We’ve even heard ourselves say, “If only I knew before, I would have done it differently”. Or, “I wish someone had told, taught, showed, shared or just taken the time for me”. There are many more words we will have used including, “hindsight is a great thing”.

At this time of year, graduations are happening, lots of excitement with new choices, freedoms, travels, studies and, well the world is their oyster. The formal attire and smart cars are on show and the parties thrive. What is the next step? Will it be straight into Uni? Is it a GAP year travelling the world or doing humanitarian work? Or is it getting a job and taking the time to consider what’s next? It’s a tough stage of life (as big people we know exactly what it’s like). Will they stay on the path, or will they fall off? What does falling off mean and what will be the consequence if they do? Do they have the skills to deal with success, failure (once again define this), love and relationship challenges, fitness and financial challenges. Do our teenagers have the skills to best support themselves?

What if we had been given the opportunity to gain tools, skills, techniques and strategies supporting us to be our best as a teenager or young adult? To gain leadership knowledge, to grow and develop in this area. What difference would it have made in our life? Would it have changed our thoughts therefore giving us different opportunities or pathways to take? Could it have helped us in our relationships, decision making processes and life strategies? What if?

After many years listening to parents and teachers talk through their concerns about the “Rites for their teenage and young adult children, Aidan Grimes and myself (Debbie Hogg) have combined to create a Leadership course specifically addressing these concerns. What we learnt in this process is a ‘Rite of Passage’ is truly an important part of Adolescent development. It is offered in a powerful yet nurturing learning environment through the ROPE Leadership course. The program is for 17 – 23 year olds who are looking to establish an understanding of who they are and the kind of life they want to build based on their own personal values system.

It is guaranteed to change the direction of any ‘young adults’ life.

It will give them…

  • Improved Confidence and Self-Esteem, this is guaranteed!
  • History, if you know where you came from… you can work out where you are going
  • A greater understanding of their true potential, not one dictated by a system
  • Direction and Action – Positive goals help connect us to a better future
  • Practical Intelligence techniques in HOW to apply all the information received
  • Resilience techniques and the benefits to being resilient in life, standing strong and sure
  • Courage to step out of their comfort zone – life will change and growth abounds
  • Resourcefulness serves everyone in life, they learn over the 3 month program; How to Be, When to Be, What it Means. How to obtain it, where to find it, how it supports the GAP in life and much more,
  • Empowerment – to fully support an active, healthy and focused life fulfilled with joy, happiness and adventure, accomplishment and achievement.


The 3 month program provides ongoing Accountable Projects, Coaching and Mentoring.

When a young person’s Thinking Changes – their World Changes! Things become clearer, things get better.

Rite of Passage Experience – ROPE:

Cost: $999 – Limited spaces: 3 month level 1 ROPE program includes – fully inclusive 3day/2nights retreat, 2 days classroom work, 1 day bush work & 2 months project & mentoring work.

Retreat Venue: Solitude Retreat, Numinbah Valley.

Date: Friday 02 December 2016 (arrival 8.30am for a 9am sharp start) – Sunday 04 December, 2016 – finish 3pm.

For more details please visit the Rite of Passage Experience Facebook page or call Debbie Hogg 0412 579 064 / Aidan Grimes 0414 521 531.


“A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way.”

– John C. Maxwell

Debbie Hogg

Debbie Hogg  

Debbie Hogg is one of Australia’s leading coaches PCC/APC, is an award winning Coach, Master NLP Practitioner, Speaker, Women’s Retreat Master, Writer, Podcaster, Adventurous Hiker and is The Self-Worth Coach. Debbie is passionate in helping women manage their ‘Inner & Outer’ balance. She is co-creator of Life Skills Programs, assisting parents teach children confidence and resilience. Debbie knows that when we give ourselves permission to fully show up in our life amazing serendipities occur! She is mum to two amazing teenager daughters // www.debbiehogg.com