Welcome to the launch of the Youth Passageways website. For some of the readers this is something that’s been anticipated for a while and for others this is a new discovery. For all audiences I would like to share an essence of what this website’s polyfunctional goals are from the perspective of those who created it.
This site is by and for people actively engaged with youth work that supports the initiation of youth into adulthood in a positive and supportive manner that also benefits the Earth and future generations. It is a response to a need established over the course of the past many years during summits that began the task of convening many established groups doing this work around the world. That need is for a presence on the internet that is a network hub for us to both find others in this re-emergence of initiatory practices for youth as well as to help foster it further and allow it to reach new audiences. Additionally it is a place to provide resources for programs to help them thrive strengthened by the research, lessons, best practices and experience of others.
This initial launch is a call out for those we do not know in the world doing their related work to join us if there is resonance with our mission and vision statement. For those of you reading who already are affiliated with YP network we’d like to ensure you’re included in our database which has only just begun to be compiled. This will with help from the network be one of the most important features of the website.
We would like this blog section of the website to feature writers from this vibrant network who can periodically contribute postings that inspire and inform our blossoming community network in diverse ways. This blog will also feature updates and network announcements from Youth Passageways and its Stewardship Council.