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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What’s Happening?

Letter to The Editor – Outside Magazine

Darcy Ottey,

This letter to the editor was written in response to an article printed in the September 2018 edition of Outside Magazine, related to rites of passage. It doesn’t appear as if the magazine will be publishing it, but we wanted to share it with the Youth Passageways community! — Dear Editor of Outside magazine, Thank […]

Speaking Reverence, Speaking Truth

Vanessa Osage,

What captivates every one of us, defines our life’s course, moves us in profound ways, echoes of both our beginning and our end and brings greater health than nearly any other aspect of being human?  Our sexuality.  What has been historically guarded, denied, relegated to the shadows and left for exploitation under the dark of avoidance?  Our […]

Upcoming Events

Partner Offering

NOW ENROLLING! Gaia Hive Program for Teen Girls grades 8-9

hosted by Youth Passageways Extended Community
NOW ENROLLING! The Gaia HIVE Program for Teen Girls grades 8-9. The HIVE program offers a nurturing female community for teen girls to build their confidence, self-awareness, voice, and leadership skills through deep nature connection, wilderness skills, self-care practices, social action projects, and more. The group will meet for 10 after-school and 2 weekend gatherings and 4 campouts from October-May....

Partner Offering

Mindfulness Retreat for Parents and Youth-Serving Professionals

Garrison Institute, Garrison, NY | hosted by Inward Bound Mindfulness Education- iBme
Please join us for the first iBme adult mindfulness retreat at Garrison Institute for parents/guardians, teachers, and youth-serving professionals. On this retreat we will explore mindfulness, through formal meditation periods and relational mindfulness activities. Together, we will develop our skills of focused concentration, introspection, compassion, and insight. The emerging science of mindfulness suggests that mindfulness can help build emotional resilience,...