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

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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YouthVoice Project – Of The Birds by Marina Oquendo

Marina Oquendo,

Of the Birds She was flying, simply soaring through the beautiful clouds, gazing at the scenery. Hundreds of times as fast as any other bird, so while she excelled they were mere blurs. At the speed she was going everything seemed only a minuscule dot on the map of her life. Pausing for only a […]

2017 Stewardship Council (SC) Retreat Summary

Youth Passageways,

Date: November 10-12, 2017 Location: Estes Park, CO In Attendance: Narrative Summary: This retreat marked the fourth birthday of Youth Passageways. It was held at the YMCA of the Rockies in Estes Park, Colorado. This year, Darcy Ottey and Ramon Parish facilitated the retreat, supported by YPW guardians Orland Bishop and Gigi Coyle. This year, […]

Upcoming Events

YPW Offering

December Partner’s Circle

5-6:30 pm Pacific | hosted by Youth Passageways Extended Community
Come Join Us in the Circle... We've often heard that our partners are nourished, inspired, and reminded of why we do the work we do most vividly when we come together. In response, and to offer a space where we can continue to live into being a community of practice, YPW will be hosting a monthly Zoom call in which...


Solstice Dancing

The Starhouse 3476 Sunshine Canyon Dr, Boulder CO 80302 [7pm] | hosted by Golden Bridge International: Surfing the Creative
Solstice Dancing, honoring the turning towards the light... Amber and Melissa will be weaving a deep dance together, igniting the light we will need to carry us through the winter time. A ceremony. A prayer. An intention. A necessity in these times of darkness. Join us!