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

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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Youth In Focus Jasmine

Youth Passageways,

Gender roles are the stereotypes you first think of when you think of a man or a woman. It goes unnoticed in everyday life because it has become the “norm.” Everywhere we go, we see pink balloons for girls, blue balloons for boys. It’s weird for us to see a young man planting flowers while […]

Youth In Focus Juvanni

Youth Passageways,

I want to show my past and how I have changed, to show me as “Be The Change.” These past few years, I’ve had challenges I wasn’t strong enough to face: going through depression, suffering from multiple personality disorder, trying to live up to standards in my family, and stressing about school. But as I […]

Upcoming Events

Partner Offering

Before We Were White – ceremony and ancestral recovery for anti-racist action

Online Workshop Series | hosted by Darcy Ottey
"Before We Were White" - ceremony and ancestral recovery for anti-racist action Online Workshop Series presented by White Awake Facilitators: Eleanor Hancock and Darcy Ottey “Your culture is your medicine.” - Jeff Duncan-Andrade, La Cultura Cura "Before We Were White" is an online workshop series for white-identified people seeking greater emotional resilience in their work against racism and for a sustainable future....

Passageways Day 2018 Event

Registration Open Now for Gaia Girls Spring and Summer Programs! Early Bird Registration Ends March 1

Bay Area, California | hosted by Gaia Girls Passages
Gaia Girls Passages provides circles of support, inspiration, and empowerment through nature-based girls groups, summer camps, and individual rite of passage ceremonies for females ages 5-18 and their mothers (or female care-givers) in the Bay Area of California. Gaia Girls helps young girls grow confidence, voice, and leadership by providing a vibrant inter-generational community that supports girls through the changes...