Women's Mountain Passages has over ten years experience providing hands-on youth development and education programs in Plumas County, CA. Originally founded to decrease violence against women and girls and encourage healthy lifestyles, the agency has grown in response to local community needs. Passages has expanded to provide programs that foster the development of healthy lifestyles and positively transform youth and their connections with the environment.
Women's Mountain Passages currently manages two youth development programs: Digging In and Girl's Rite. Digging In is an agroecology education program that provides experiential garden education for elementary school students in Quincy and Greenville. Girl's Rite is a program for adolescent girls that provides outdoor experiences as a means to build self-reliance, develop leadership skills, and learn outdoor skills. Girl's Rite uses outdoor leadership to motivate underserved, adolescent girls to discover personal, community, and environmental identities.
Previous Passages programs that encourage healthy lifestyle development include: the Quincy Library Youth Program, an after-school program that emphasized violence prevention and positive communication skills; and the Plumas Youth Mentoring, a program that trained high school mentors to provide 4th-8th grade protégés with social, cultural, and academic enrichment.