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

What is a RITE OF PASSAGE?

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

LEAPNOW!

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

WHERE DO I FIT?

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. Waking up to the live the life they were meant to live, not the life someone else told them they were supposed to.

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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Seeing | Believing – Reflections on Process & Experience

Darcy Ottey,

More than a month has passed now since the Youth Passageways gathering. I’ve found it very difficult to put my experience into words.  When folks have asked me about it since, I typically respond, “the gathering changed things for me, and now I need to figure out what that means.” As someone whose whole life […]

From the Participants: Water & Fire

Youth Passageways,

Highlights of Healing and Justice Stewardship Council member Kruti Parekh describes an experience on the way home from the gathering with two other participants. We Bring Our Voices Into One Beyond Boundaries/School of Lost Borders Attend the Youth Passageways Gathering. A reflective offering by Siri Gunnarson, Will Scott, and Gigi Coyle Thoughts & Reflections Offerings […]