Kamau Ptah, Founder & CEO
Embracing the rites of passage philosophy, ideals and practices, Kamau Ptah, Akoben’s Chief Visionary, Founder and CEO, has for past 23 years created rite of passage systems and healthy cultures and norms in all of the communities that he has served. Brother Ptah currently serves as a nationally renowned educational consultant, who specializes in rite of passage, building school culture and community, identity restoration, cultural relevant pedagogy, healing Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome, transformative experiential learning, social and emotional development, and the education and socialization of boys and young men of color.
For the past 8 years, Brother Ptah has served as a consultant with the nationally distinguished Coalition of School’s Educating Boys of Color (COSEBOC), where he created and currently directs the Youth Voice Passage strand of the Gathering of Leader’s Annual Conference. Brother Ptah’s service through COSEBOC also helped launch the COSEBOC 444 Sankofa Passages Program in Philadelphia, PA. This pioneering venture was a partnership with the School District of Philadelphia – Alternative Education. Brother Ptah played a significant role with conceptualizing, designing, implementing and guiding 35 educators and facilitators to serve as rite of passage custodians for the in-school model rite of passage enterprise. Their attitudinal transformations, academic performances, establishment of missions and the actualization of goals evidenced the amazing impact of the COSEBOC 444 Sankofa Passages Program on the 355 young men served. The success of this passage experience has led Brother Ptah to serve as a consultant for City Year Boston, Boston Public School’s Dynamic Young Men’s Leadership Program’s 10 Boys Initiative, Youthbuild, Rhode Island, Man Up Global – New York City, Expanding Success Initiative (Eagle Academy for Young Men) – New York City, Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute – New York City, Nassau Community College Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs – Garden City, NY and STRONG Youth, Inc. – Hempstead, NY. Additionally, Brother Ptah was a Co-Founder and Program Director of the Urban Assembly Academy of History and Citizenship for Young Men, the first all-male Public High School in NYC since the 1960s and the first rite of passage mission in Public High School in the city’s history.
As a cultural custodian and a student of healing modalities, Brother Ptah is elated to assemble other “Keepers” of the culture that possess knowledge of the customs, traditions and practices of indigenous wisdom and adapt and apply these transformative methods to the issues that impact the modern world of people of African and Indigenous ancestry.