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

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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YPW Partner Impact Story: Cece – A Journey of Healing

Youth Passageways,

CECE’S STORY Finding Hunger Before entering Pacific Quest and Dragonfly Transitions, and consequently becoming introduced to rites of passage work, my life was devoid of meaning. I was entirely consumed by depression and anxiety. I was barely leaving the house, I had dropped out of college, I was plagued by self-harm urges, and was consistently […]

November Update: A Place We’ve Never Been Before

Youth Passageways,

Dear friends and family, This has been an intense couple of weeks. It seems this country has come full tilt into its own adolescence and we’re seeing the full cost of having lost our collective rites of passage. I’m heartsick from the surge of bigotry and racism that have seen an uptick, though in some […]

Upcoming Events

Partner Offering

2017 Youth Queer Quest (Recommended Ages 16 – 19)

Wild Mountain Ranch: Central CO | hosted by Youth Passageways Extended Community
 “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”- E.E. Cummings In the wild mountains of Colorado, come together with a group of other queer young people who identify as LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex + any other way you identify) to step fully into who you are in a community of queer people who...

YPW Offering

Youth Passageways June Partner’s Circle

Digital – 5-6pm Pacific | hosted by Youth Passageways Extended Community
YPW Offers a New Way to Connect We are excited to move forward with a vision that has been unfolding. Given the struggles and opportunities that are emerging, now seems like the right time. We've often heard that our partners are nourished, inspired, and reminded of why we do the work we do most vividly when we come together. In response,...