Asian and Pacific Islander American Rites of Passage (APIAROP) Youth Leadership

Summer Academy 2022

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Welcoming Lane County students 8th to 12th grade

We are happy to announce that the Asian and Pacific Islander American Rites of Passage (APIAROP) Youth Leadership Summer Academy program will be held in-person this year!

APIAROP is a welcoming space for all interested students attending 8th to 12th grade in Lane County. The objective of this two-week immersive program is to provide an opportunity for student participants to increase their awareness and create meaningful connections and holistic understanding of the A/PIA community within a cultural, social, and academic framework. APIAROP honors, supports and empowers students of all backgrounds in their journey to their desired academic pursuits, leadership development, career exploration, and vital community and civic involvement.

Please complete our interest form!

Dates and Location

Program Dates: July 18-29, 2022.

Daily Schedule: Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Location: Lane Community College (main campus) at 4000 East 30th Ave., Eugene, OR 97405.

What's provided

Meals: lunch and snacks provided.

Bus Pass: LTD youth bus tickets or pass available. Please notify staff to arrange for your student to reserve either tickets or an LTD Bus pass to the Lane campus to attend the two-week program.

Additional Questions? Please contact Kumu Iwalani, APIAROP program director at

Asian and Pacific Islander American Rites of Passage (APIA-ROP) is a culturally appropriate program for self-identifying APIA students and allies entering 7th – 12th grade. We strive to help enrich the lives of students through an exploration of APIA history and a greater understanding of their cultural identity through leadership development, advocacy, empowerment, and support.

This summer academy provides experiential and culturally specific learning activities to assist Asian and Pacific Islander American high school and middle school students in achieving success. The primary objectives are to promote and sustain cultural awareness, understand Asian and Pacific Islander American issues, increase intercultural skills, and develop personal and community empowerment skills.

What do we do?

  • We explore cultural history and experiences through film and facilitated field excursions.
  • We share family and community connections through oral history and storytelling.
  • We understand the importance of indigenous knowledge through the cultural protocols of Hula.
  • We develop leadership and communication skills through facilitated team-building exercises.
  • We prepare college portfolios that include scholarship information, application processes, and essays.
  • We have fun!

Where is APIA-ROP?

APIA –ROP is on the main campus of Lane Community College.

How much does APIA-ROP cost?

The program is free due to generous support from Lane Community College and Island Arts.

For more information, Contact: Kumu Iwalani-Asian and Pacific Islander Program Coordinator
Phone: (541) 463-3245
Email or Google chat:
Office: LCC main campus, Bldg 1, Room 206-B - Office Hours by Appointment during summer term.