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


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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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 […]

Upcoming Events

Webinar Series 2016


Naming Elephants: An Anti-Oppression Workshop for Engaging in the Process of Healing & Justice

Online Webinar | hosted by Youth Passageways Extended Community
Most of us benefit, consciously or unconsciously, from the constructs that help us survive and thrive. The questions of privilege, power, and tacit infrastructure can be vague at best. Are we oppressor or oppressed? Often we are both. How can we be strong and accountable allies for young people preventing additional harm for future generations? Join Kruti Parekh, YPW Stewardship...
Webinar Series 2016


Why Storytelling Matters

Online Webinar | hosted by Youth Passageways Extended Community
Do you need help telling the story of your organization or program? Whether you need to fill a program, raise funds or share your powerful mission... learning how to find, craft and share authentic strategic stories will foster the connections you need with participants, parents, donors, stakeholders and more. Join Emily Pease for a webinar offering theory and practical steps...