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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Soul Centered Education

Ezekiel Fugate,

Springhouse Community School, a small, private secondary school in the rural Appalachian town of Floyd, VA, is committed to soul-centered education, an education that focuses on “the vital, mysterious, and wild core of our individual selves, an essence unique to each person” (Plotkin, Soulcraft Ch. 2). We founded Springhouse on the belief that what is […]

The First Step Is The Hardest

Amanda Canty,

I would say I have been through some big transitions in my life. From beginning new relationships, breaking up with partners, moving, living in a tent, graduating, living with my partner and currently building our home together. And all have been and continue to be pretty impactful. Although recently I experienced something that will forever […]