Passageways Day Video Resources

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Thank you for joining us on this collaborative learning journey. Here you will find resources and recordings of each of our sessions. This is intended for participants only so please share with discretion. If you are new and still need to register please head to the bottom of the page and fill out the form so you can be added to the email list. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out HERE


Rituals and Community Regeneration

Paul Hill Jr. of the National Rites of Passage Institute.

In 1992 Paul wrote a book, Coming of Age: African American Male Rites-of-Passage. The book was based on his field of study and applications. Since 1992 he has published several articles in peer-review journals on rites of passage as a process for human development. Paul’s interest as a student and practitioner in rite of passage for youth development and community building began in the late 70’s. In 1993 he established the National Rites of Passage Institute. The purpose of the Institute is to create a critical mass and community of adults to develop children and youth and regenerate community through rites of passage. He has always operated from the premise that there is not a youth problem in America; there is an adult problem. Youth do not develop in a vacuum. Since 1993, the Institute has provided training to 1000 plus men and women from 20 cities, the District of Columbia and Toronto, Canada; they have been actively involved in guiding and supporting a minimum of 10,000 children and youth in neighborhood and community-based programs.


The Mask You Live In

the Representation Project

The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s limited definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer groups, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify women, and resolve conflicts through violence. These gender stereotypes interconnect with race, class, and circumstance, creating a maze of identity issues boys and young men must navigate to become “real” men.
Experts in neuroscience, psychology, sociology, sports, education, and media also weigh in, offering empirical evidence of the “boy crisis” and tactics to combat it. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.


Tying the Threads of the Past to the Future

Darcy Ottey

Meaningful, community-recognized rites of passage for young people could be the key to our survival as a species.

Darcy spent her college years studying anthropology and sociology to develop an understanding of culture and social change theory. She has dedicated her life to helping young people open the door to deeper self-discovery and claim their gifts, skills and strengths. Darcy was executive director of Journeys, an organization based in suburban Seattle, and more recently helped struggling Hawaiian teens through a gardening-based therapeutic program.


Empowering Adaptable Communities the Rite Way: Youth & Community Development through Rites of Passage

David Blumenkrantz of ROPE

Dr. David Blumenkrantz, Center for Youth & Community, Inc., presents “Empowering Adaptable Communities the Rite Way: Youth & Community Development through Rites of Passage” at the Atlantic Center for Population Health Sciences 2015 Empowering Adaptable Communities Summit held in Morristown, NJ on October 21-22, 2015.


Rites of Passage: Mentoring the Future

Frederick Marx of Warrior Films

The villages are burning. Worldwide. An estimated $500 billion is spent yearly on teen dysfunctions in the U.S. alone: drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy and STDs, school dropouts and expulsions, gang and property crimes, traffic accidents, ADD, ADHD, depression, and violence… Culturally appropriate rites of passage and mentorship programs could help solve all these problems! It could be the silver bullet for youth development.


Lost Borders: Coming of Age in the Wilderness

School of Lost Borders

Nine youths perform a ten-day initiation ceremony, the heart of which is a three days and nights solo fast in the high desert of eastern California (otherwise known as a vision quest). With a powerful resolve to enter adulthood, the initiates attempt to come to terms with death, torn families and the deep frustration of adolescence.


Surfing the Creative – Rites of Passage

Golden Bridge

Dance. Connect. Create.
A Dance based transformational journey.
Rooted in the arts of body, heart, and soul.
Young Adults seeking to enact a personal rite of passage process are welcome to join us!


Generation Waking Up: The Story of Our Generation

Generation Waking Up

Generation Waking Up is igniting a generation of young people to bring forth a thriving, just, and sustainable world. This video is part of the Generation Waking Up Experience – called a ‘WakeUp’ for short – a multimedia educational workshop that inspires young people to transform their lives and communities.


From Boys to Men

Arne Rubinstein

Dr Arne Rubinstein is an expert on adolescent development and Rites of Passage. A GP specializing in adolescent health, preventative and emergency medicine, he is currently CEO of The Australian Rites of Passage Institute.


An Exploration of Coming of Age Rituals & Rites of Passage in a Modern Era

Ron Fritz

Ron Fritz discusses his family’s journey to create meaningful coming of age events for their three children and shows how you can create a similar rite of passage for a child in your life – whether it’s a son, daughter, niece, nephew, grandchild or friend. These important rites of passage help young teens understand what it means to become an adult by teaching life skills and reinforcing character traits and values. Our children need guidance through this difficult and confusing transition and Fritz describes how bringing a community together to mark this coming of age moment can make a positive impact in a young person’s life.


Lom Nava Love

Fanon Hill of the Youth Resiliency Institute

Youth Resiliency Institute co-founder and filmmaker Fanon Hill’s Lom Nava Love (2016) is the unflinching story of Black families in inner city Baltimore, Maryland and East Cleveland, Ohio harnessing their strengths to challenge the systems and institutions that would dictate their realities. Lom Nava Love’s original motion picture soundtrack features the soulful vocals of Navasha Daya. Lom Nava Love was produced by the Youth Resiliency Institute in association with Out The Box Films.


Celebrating Youth Rites of Passage in the Pacific Northwest

Rite of Passage Journeys

A taste of what wilderness rites of passage for youth can look like in the Pacific Northwest / Olympic National Park, WA, from Summer 2016. Rite of Passage Journeys, established 1968, provides wilderness rites of passage adventures for ages 8 – 80