YOUTH PASSAGEWAYS is an evolving network of individuals, organizations, and communities who help regenerate healthy passages into mature adulthood for today’s youth.

Vancouver, BC, Canada

Motivated by Wisdom

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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Transformative Justice ~ A Testament and Resources

Marisa Taborga Byrne,

In a time when we are faced with the disheartening truth that our government and society have often neither been righteous nor equitable, how do we rebuild relationship, repair harms caused and return to trust? “An eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.” Many of us have heard and even used this this […]

Challenges of Manhood

Youth Passageways,

“One challenge of being a young man today is to not fail. It’s a lot of pressure today especially for black men and the society I live in. Society expects me to fail they expect me to drop out of school, they expect me to not be something in the future. I don’t want to […]

Upcoming Events

Media Event

March Partner’s Circle

Digital offering | hosted by Youth Passageways Extended Community
Come together in circle to explore what is alive at this time for those working with youth- what is in the field and in us? Marisa Taborga Byrne will be holding space for YPW partners and allies with the intention to slow down and check in, to be supported and find comradery. YPW hosts this monthly space via a Zoom...

Partner Offering

Colorado Teen Retreat

Blazing Mountain Retreat Center, Crestone, CO | hosted by Inward Bound Mindfulness Education- iBme
A Unique and Valuable Experience for Teens Our multi-day retreats are designed to teach teens & young adults mindfulness, awareness, and concentration practices that are proven to support emotional health and wellbeing. Through guided mindfulness meditation, small group discussions, and mindful movement exercises, participants learn skills that will empower them for a lifetime: How to settle a busy mind Focusing...