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At Marca Via, our mission is to inspire people to create impactful rite of passage events for friends and family on the cusp of major life transitions.

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Coming of Age

Coming of Age Guidebook

Download our free digital Guidebook to get started.  It contains all the details and tips to help you create a meaningful and impactful rite of passage

The Insider’s Guide for Kids

What’s in it for me? A Kid’s Guide to Coming of Age Events

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In every corner of the globe, human societies have created specific rites of passage or coming-of-age rituals to mark when a young man or woman begins the transition to adulthood. These coming-of-age events evolved to help a young person learn the things he or she needs to know to be a successful adult in that community – the skills and traits that matter most in that particular culture.

And yet, even though these events have been found in societies across the world throughout human history, here in modern-day North American society we don’t (yet) have a common way we approach this important life transition. Should we create such a tradition? Yes, because our children are counting on us to teach and support them during this important time in their lives. Can we? Absolutely.

Children who are actively involved with a community of faith may have a ceremony to mark this moment such as the bar or bat mitzvah or confirmation. The Marca Via framework for celebrating coming of age can richly supplement a religious celebration or it can stand on its own.

Marca Via founder, Ron Fritz, speaks about Coming of Age events at TedX Bend.

The Marca Via approach to coming of age brings together a community of family and friends to create a set of memorable challenges that are designed to reinforce the key lessons that we parents are working to teach our children every day. You’ll create an event that will make those lessons real and ensure they’ll be remembered for a lifetime. You also will be creating an opportunity for the important adults in your child’s life to share their most precious nuggets of wisdom about life. And finally, you will be building and strengthening your child’s support network for navigating the waters of adulthood.

You’ll notice that the Marca Via approach is not a one-size-fits-all approach to coming of age. Instead, it’s a framework and set of tools you can use to create an event that is uniquely your own. You will teach the lessons your child most needs to learn, based on the values and life skills you appreciate most. That’s what makes this approach so distinctly American. In our diverse society, you have the freedom and independence to teach your children as you see fit. Our framework and guidebook simply give you a structure and a set of tips to help you do so.

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