Help youth to have a life-changing experience

Every so often WoodGreen’s Rites of Passage team takes a group of youth from Toronto, Canada on an immersive experience to Africa. This fall, 15 youth of Afrikan descent will be visiting Tanzania! The two-week trip will be spent engaging with the Masai community exploring their historical journey, cultural practices, sacred relationship with their land and visiting historical Landmarks. With the 2015-2024 International Decade for People of African Descent coming to an end, the trip is timely.


We invite you to consider making a donation towards WoodGreen Rites of Passage Tanzania trip — any amount will help!

How to Support?

Tier 1: Supporter

Your $25 gift will help get us one step closer to our transformative trip to Tanzania!


Tier 2: Champion

Your $100 donation is an investment in this growth opportunity and connection.


Tier 3: Super Hero

You're a super hero! Thank you for your $500 investment in our 2023 Rites of Passage trip to Tanzania.


What is Rites of Passage?

Fifteen years ago, WoodGreen Community Services embraced the Rites of Passage process as a means of addressing some of the challenges young people of Afrikan descent continue to face around their race and identity.


A “rite of passage” is a process of maturation and personal development practiced in many Indigenous cultures. The Akan of West Africa believe that the transition from adolescence to adulthood is a critical moment to reflect on questions that inspire greater self-awareness and connection to one’s community, such as:


  • Who am I?
  • How did I come to be who I am?
  • Am I really who I think I am?
  • What is my life purpose?


This journey will provide an additional set of lenses through which youth experience life as young people of African descent, in addition, the journey will offer opportunities for youth to acquire and enhance their ability to accurately document and retell their own history and current-day stories.

Help us get to Tanzania this fall!

Your gift will help us to achieve our goal


Organized by The WoodGreen Foundation

WoodGreen is one of the largest social service organizations in Toronto. We offer innovative, long-term solutions to the city's unmet needs, helping seniors live independently, internationally-trained professionals enter the job market, parents access childcare, children and youth access after-school programs, newcomers settle in to Canadian life, improve access to affordable housing, and job-seekers find meaningful employment and training.

We believe in a Toronto where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.