Summer 2021 Update
The African American Rites of Passage Academy is building a year round program. This program will support African American k-12 students through events and activities throughout the year. This summer 2021, we will focus on developing events and activities for the year, K-12 teacher outreach and education, and creating the 2022 Youth summer program.
The African American Rites of Passage summer academy is designed to address the cultural, career, academic and social needs of high school and middle school African American and multicultural students of African descent in Lane County. The academy is crafted in an academic and cultural framework for the purpose of connecting these students with the history, literature, traditions, and folklore of the experience of African people in western civilization.
The African American Rites of Passage Summer Academy at Lane Community College is an intense three-week program designed to address the cultural, career, academic, and social needs of high school and middle school African American and Multicultural students of African descent in Lane County. This academy is crafted in an academic and cultural framework for the purpose of connecting African American and Multicultural students of African descent with the history, literature, traditions, and folklore of the experience of African people in western civilization.
Since 1996, the academy has successfully served over 500 African American and Multicultural students of African descent. The academy provides academic and cultural enrichment experiences and opportunities for students enrolled in grades 6 through 12. The academy functions as a catalyst and support system for students aspiring to achieve personal and professional success.
The academy's primary mission is to assist each student in the development of the academic, cultural, and social skills critical for success. The academic coursework has been designed to support the achievement of this mission. Core coursework has been divided into four specific areas:
- Leadership Empowerment and Life Skills Training is a course designed to assist students in the development of critical life and career management skills needed for success.
- African American History is a course designed to introduce students to the great African American women and men whose contributions have served to enhance and enrich our civilization.
- African American Literature, Culture, and Folklore is a course designed to expose students to the depth and richness of the poetry and prose of African American writers, artists, and musicians.
- Tai Chi Instruction is designed to assist students in the development of physical and mental discipline and focus on personal and academic achievement.
Students are required to complete an individual capstone project and participate in, and contribute to, a collective cohort capstone project. The individual capstone projects are designed to help students to personalize their learning experiences in Rites of Passage. The collective capstone projects are designed to build teamwork skills and a sense of community. Capstone projects may include writing, music, film, or another demonstrable presentation that captures and expresses the depth and breadth of the students' experience in the program.
Workshops and Field Trips
Students will also experience learning through a series of workshops and field trips designed to enhance their classroom instruction. Scheduled workshops and field trips include:
- College and Career Choice (Workshop)
- Male/Female Gender Issues (Workshop)
Student Selection Criteria
Students are selected for admission to the summer academy based upon the following criteria:
- Students must be enrolled in a high school or middle school in Lane County.
- Students must submit a completed application and health form.
- Students & parents must participate in an interview with the program director.
- Students must submit an essay not to exceed two (2) typewritten pages (use Arial or Times Roman, 12 pt font, double spaced) outlining three personal development goals she/he wants to achieve through attendance in the academy.
- Due to the limited number of available slots admission priority will be given to first-time students on a case-by-case basis at the discretion of the program director.
Program Completion and Awards
High School students and students entering high school, who complete the program satisfactorily, will be awarded academic credit at Lane County area high schools. Successful students will have a transcript of their completed academic work forwarded to the school's registrar for assignment to their individual transcript. Please note that each school assigns credits based upon their own formula.
Contact African American Rites of Passage Academy
Supported by the Multicultural Center: The Multicultural Center provides a comfortable atmosphere where students from all ethnic backgrounds can get information on admission, registration, course and program planning, and referrals to on-campus and community services. Our Multicultural Center (MCC) promotes student success through a cultural, academic and social framework in collaboration with college and community partners.