YOUTH PASSAGEWAYS is an evolving network of individuals, organizations, and communities supporting the healthy passage of today’s young people into mature adulthood during a time of global transition.

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Teen Journey

Vancouver, BC, Canada


Rites of passage ceremonially mark significant life transitions. These ritualized events usher the initiate’s journey into the next life stage and tend to their relationship with Self, community, culture, and more.
Calistoga, CA, USA


Calistoga, CA, USA

Why does it MATTER?

Rites of Passage matter because of what they can do: in the lives of young people, in our own lives, and in our communities. They have the power to help young people thrive in the 21st century.
Los Angeles, CA, USA

Street Poets

Los Angeles, CA, USA


Youth Passageways needs your help! You can increase the availability of rites of passage for young people around the world by learning more, making a gift, volunteering, and/or advocating.

When we talk about rites of passage we mean a time when we recognize and see young people for the beauty they bring into the world. The rite is to get them to wake up to their own dream, their own story.

Luis J. Rodriguez Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore

Rites of passage are a cultural antihistamine that prevents children and young people from having an allergic reaction to a socially toxic environment.

Paul Hill, Jr. The National Rites of Passage Institute, Cleveland, OH

Rites of passage reach deeply into the hearts of human beings and help people and communities thrive, rather than just survive.

Edith Kusnic, Community Elder, Seattle, WA

Although it takes a whole village to raise a child, it takes the struggles of youth to raise the village.

Michael Meade Mosaic Voices Multicultural Foundation, Seattle, WA

My belief is that every teen, deep in their bones, knows they deserve healthy, not destructive, rites of passage and mature adult mentorship.

Frederick Marx Warrior Films, Oakland, CA

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The Rite Way | Youth on Fire Review

Darcy Ottey,

<Back to the Issue In 1996, I was in knee-deep studying anthropology and sociology at the University of Washington. My summers were spent leading Coming of Age trips for Rite of Passage Journeys, and I was becoming more and more passionate about youth initiatory processes.  Back in the classroom, I would orient every project and […]

Diaspora: Thoughts on Journeying

John Raux,

<Back to the Issue In the summer of 1996, I left Kansas City to go to college in Los Angeles. It was the first time I remember feeling displaced. The first year was hell. My heart was with my friends, my family, my place. I was always talking about KC, always calling back home, always […]

Upcoming Events

Webinar Series 2016


Why Storytelling Matters

Online Webinar | hosted by Youth Passageways Extended Community
Do you need help telling the story of your organization or program? Whether you need to fill a program, raise funds or share your powerful mission... learning how to find, craft and share authentic strategic stories will foster the connections you need with participants, parents, donors, stakeholders and more. Join Emily Pease for a webinar offering theory and practical steps...
Webinar Series 2016


Rites of Passage & Funding

Online Webinar | hosted by Youth Passageways Extended Community
Money too often feels like an insurmountable hurdle, a barrier to enacting the change we can envision. The fundraising cycle can be exhausting and exasperating, leaving you wondering if the work you’re doing is even truly sustainable. Yet money can be the doorway to build real, long-lasting, and authentic partnerships, empowering us to build the world we want for our...