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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Gaia Girls Passages: Teen Backpacking Open House and Pizza Party!

Berkeley | hosted by Gaia Girls Passages
Gaia Girls Passages provides long-term mentoring for girls through outdoor programs combining nature connection, wilderness skills, social-emotional intelligence, and supported rite of passage ceremonies. Join our amazing backpacking trip co-leader, Molly Ancel and Gaia Girls Founder, Sarai Shapiro for a fun evening of free pizza, games, and an info session about our exciting Teen Backpacking Trips this summer in the...

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Register for Gaia Girls Passages 2018-19 School Year Programs!

hosted by Gaia Girls Passages
Gaia Girls Passages provides a vibrant 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 currently offers school-year and summer programs for girls in grades K through 12 in the Bay Area of California. Enrollment for our 2018-19 School Year Programs is...