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

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.

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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YouthVoice Project – Drops of Wisdom with Ariel Durant

Ariel Durant,

Spending an afternoon with a long time known, dear younger friend, drinking hot chocolate at one of Seattle’s best known Chocolatti’s, we got a conversation going. And this is what she had to say: What does it feel like to be you in this world today? I feel like now, you hafta fight for a […]

Upcoming Events

Community Gathering

Gaia Girls Open House

Berkeley | hosted by Youth Passageways Extended Community
Gaia Girls Passages provides an intergenerational community that connects girls to the natural world, builds confidence, voice, and leadership and supports girls through the changes from childhood to young womanhood. Gaia Girls offers after-school circles for girls grades 2-8. Gaia Girls aims to instill a deep connection with nature within young girls through teaching wilderness skills (fire building, animal tracking, native...
Inward Bound Mindfulness Education (iBme) is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of teens, parents, and professionals. Through mindfulness retreats, iBme helps participants cultivate awareness, compassion, and kindness for themselves, others, and the natural world.

Partner Offering

Northern California Teen Retreat

Black Mountain Retreat Center, Cazadero, CA | 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...