Why Become a Partner?

… Do you want to be a part of an international NETWORK in pursuit of a shared vision?

… Do you wish to connect within a COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE as a way to find peer-mentorship or to solve problems?

… Are you interested in mobilizing SOCIAL CAPITAL to change the way we raise our children in the world today?

Types of Partnership

There are two main categories of YPW partnership, they are:


Practitioner includes individuals, communities, programs, or organizations who want to become part of our community of practice to learn from and support each other through sharing best practices, resources and showing up in authentic conversation. One of the many reasons for joining as a practitioner is to get your work (be that as a single mentor or as part of a larger program/organization) listed on our internationally searchable database.) This is one of many ways to help expand the visibility and reach of our efforts to bring passageways further into the world and increase access to the many young people hungry for them!

This is the most active tier of partnership and makes up the majority of our community.

Vision Allies

Recognizing there are many ways in which those who feel the call can ally themselves with this growing movement, Youth Passageways recognizes that partnership can look as simple as wanting to support the work in the world through engaged allyship.

This is for individuals, organizations, and communities who believe in the mission and vision of Youth Passageways and want to align themselves through an offering of solidarity, equity, or dialogue.

Here are just a few of the reasons to become part of the conversation!

Collaborate & Advocate

Receive updates on upcoming conferences, trainings, and other ways to deepen and enrich your offerings or connect with fellow practitioners.

Add your voice to strengthen our collective ability to advocate for the youth initiation field as a whole.

Build and shape this network into exactly what you and others need to better serve youth in becoming the adults that the planet needs!

Be Seen, Be Heard & Be Felt

Get new referrals to your program or initiatory experience. The Youth Passageways website is home to a searchable database where parents and teens from around the world who are seeking initiation can find the ones that best fit their needs. This means that, as a partner, the people who can most benefit from your work can find it that much more easily.

Discover & Stay Informed

Discover the variety of programs and approaches so that you know where to refer people who aren’t a good fit for your approach.

Find and share articles, books, films, and other information resources related to youth initiation and rites of passage.

Learn about ideas and resources for funding. Youth Passageways also provides a central place where potential donors can find programs aligned with their values.