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 a SOCIAL MOVEMENT that will change the way we raise our children in the world today?

Excitement and energy are building within and around our network. So far in 2016 there has been a noticeable shift in the way Youth Passageways is engaging with the world:

  • A California mother called to locate an initiatory program for her teenage sons, recognizing Youth Passageways as having an overview of appropriate programming in her area…
  • A Southern-US-based organization contacted Youth Passageways to ask about the ethics around requesting money for initiatory experiences, identifying YPW as a source for organizational knowledge and experience…
  • Over 75 partners and allies, convened in Los Angeles for the 2016 Gathering, culminating in YPW opening its doors for the first time to the public for a youth led and designed evening of rhythm, poetry, ceremony, celebration, AND action. And now we’re looking at our next one in 2017!

This is just the beginning. It is our goal that Youth Passageways becomes an oasis for data, inspiration, and energy in favor of our shared vision.

We have big dreams for the next years. As partners to YPW we need your financial contribution as part of a clear statement that “YES! I/We see the importance of this web. And YES! I/We value being a part of it.

Types of Partnership

There are Three Primary Types of Partnership. Click on each icon to learn more about it, or click HERE to see an overview and comparison between all three Asks and Benefits. 



Supporters Partners include youth, students, parents, families or anyone anywhere who is called to engage in dialogue about youth initiation.



Practitioner Partners include individuals, communities, programs, or organizations who want to become part of our community-network. This is the most active tier of partnership and makes up the majority of our community.



Patron Partners include anyone who is most committed to supporting the work or being involved through financial stewardship of our organization.

Don’t fit into one of the three categories mentioned above?

Vision Ally or Elder-Partner: Recognizing there are many ways in which individuals, communities or elders can ally themselves with the community-network, Youth Passageways may at times extend invitations to participate in an alternative mode of partnership, as a Vision Ally or Elder-Partners.  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, spiritual currency, or advisory council as a boon to the movement.

*Youth Passageways is committed to accessibility and inclusivity for our partners. If the financial contribution is a hardship, please contact us to explore other exchanges such as time & influence.

Here are just a few of the reasons to become a YPW Partner…

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.

Next Steps

Click on the images below to partner with Youth Passageways!