About Paul Hill, Jr.
On January 31, 2011, Paul Hill, Jr. stepped aside after 30 years as the CEO of East End Neighborhood House. East End Neighborhood House is one of the oldest (104 years) neighborhood based non-profit organizations in Cleveland, Ohio and nationally known for its best practices in providing youth and family services.
Other employment experiences have been with the Federal Government (U.S. Justice Department and U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare) and teaching within various public school systems and institutions of higher education.
Other experiences and projects are related to being a W. K. Kellogg Foundation Leadership Fellow (1989-92, Group X). His learning project and field research was studying male socialization in indigenous cultures around the world. Upon completion of the fellowship, the Foundation supported his field of study and research through its African American Boys and Men Initiative (1993-1996).
In 1992 he wrote a book, Coming of Age, African America Images, Chicago. The book was based on his field of study and applications. Since 1992 he has published several articles in peer-review journals on rites of passage as a process for human development. Presently, he is working on a revision of his first book, Coming of Age. He recently wrote Rites of Passage: Birth, Initiation, Marriage, Death a Chapter in African Presence in Black America.
Paul ‘s interest as a student and practitioner in rite of passage for youth development and community building began in the late 70’s. In 1993 he established the National Rites of Passage Institute. The purpose of the Institute is to create a critical mass and community of adults to develop children and youth and regenerate community through rites of passage. He has always operated from the premise that there is not a youth problem in America, there is an adult problem. Youth do not develop in a vacuum. Since 1993, the Institute has provided training to 1000 plus men and women from 20 cities, the District of Columbia and Toronto, Canada; they have been actively involved in guiding and supporting a minimum of 10,000 children and youth in neighborhood and community based programs.
Mr. Hill is a board of trustees member of the Center for Education Innovation and member of the “visiting committee” of the Cleveland State University Department of Social Work. He is also a 2010 recipient of the Cleveland Urban League’s Living Legend Award.
As of February 1, 2011, he and his wife Marquita have celebrated 42 years of marriage and raised a family of 5 daughters, 2 sons in the city of East Cleveland, Ohio. His children are all graduates of Shaw High School, East Cleveland; and are University Graduates. Mr. Hill also has six grandchildren.