Puertas Abiertas Leadership Academy

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Puertas Abiertas/Pasos Al Futuro Leadership Academy

Spring 2022

We're very excited to share with you that we'll be offering a brief spring session of our Puertas Abiertas/Pasos Al Futuro program. Please share the following message with all of those who you think could benefit from this opportunity.

We are inviting high school students from 10th to 12th grade to participate in our upcoming Puertas Abiertas/Pasos al Futuro Leadership Academy spring session. May 12th we will have an orientation on Zoom from 11am-12pm on Zoom. Then the program will have 4 events between May 14th to June 10th.

  • Saturday, May 14th – Volunteer Opportunities (Kombucha workshop; 2:30-5:30) Students arrive at 1:30, 5305 Royal Ave, Eugene, OR 97402
  • Friday, May 20th – LCC Tour (Arrive @ LCC 11am – 1pm depart). Leave school early, school bus pick-up and drop off
  • Saturday, June 4th – Oregon CPR (9am – 2pm) 657 W Centennial Blvd, Springfield, OR 97477
  • Friday, June 10th – Cooking Class (5pm – 7pm) Gamebird Garden, 705 Flamingo Ave, Springfield, OR 97477

Please register for Puertas Abiertas/Pasos Al Futuro Leadership Academy Spring 2022

Registration is free and students can earn an incentive by completing 3-4 events.

Primavera 2022

Estamos invitando a los estudiantes actuales de secundaria del 10.º al 12.º grado a participar en nuestra próxima sesión de primavera de puertas abiertas / Pasos al Futuro Leadership Academy. El 30 de abril tendremos una orientación en Zoom de 11am-12pm en Zoom. Luego, el programa tendrá 4 eventos entre el 14 de mayo y el 10 de junio.

  • Sábado, 14 de mayo – Oportunidades de voluntariado (taller de Kombucha; 2:30-5:30) Los estudiantes llegan a la 1:30, 5305 Royal Ave, Eugene, OR 97402
  • Viernes, 20 de mayo – LCC Tour (Llegada @ LCC 11am – 1pm salida). Salga temprano de la escuela, recogida y entrega del autobús escolar
  • Sábado, 4 de junio – Oregon CPR (9am – 2pm) 657 W Centennial Blvd, Springfield, OR 97477
  • Viernes, 10 de junio – Clase de cocina (5pm – 7pm) Gamebird Garden, 705 Flamingo Ave, Springfield, OR 97477

Por favor, registre Puertas Abiertas/Pasos Al Futuro Leadership Academy Spring 2022

La inscripción es gratuita y los estudiantes pueden ganar un incentivo completando 3-4 eventos.

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Puertas Abiertas/Pasos Al Futuro Leadership Academy Information

The Puertas Abiertas Latino/Latina Rites of Passage summer academy is an academic and cultural enrichment experience for Chicano/Latino high school students in Lane County. The primary goal of the program is to develop positive values and proactive habits that will maximize the students' opportunities for success. In the Puertas Abiertas ("Open Doors") academy, students learn about cultural history, how to excel in their classes, how to become a bicultural leader, and how to accomplish their goals. The program uses a cultural framework based on Mexican American, Latino/Latina, Caribbean, and Hispanic experiences.

Program Description/Vision

The Puertas Abiertas Leadership Academy at Lane Community College provides a holistic and contextual bicultural learning environment for Latino high school students. The curriculum is responsive to Chicano / Mexicano, Hispanic, Latina/o and Caribbean experiences in the United States and the Americas.  Leadership knowledge is based on re-claiming world-views that students receive at home, and bring to schools. Puertas Abiertas students posses first-hand testimonies reflecting subtractive schooling and diminishing societal experiences. The Puertas Abiertas Leadership Academy allows students to re-frame their stories and re-center their place in humanity as individuals and communities worthy of respect and dignity.

Puertas Abiertas students receive a context to assess the integrity of systems presenting stories of legitimacy and neutrality. Students engage in critical thinking to explore the forces of culture and power in schools and society as a way to discern appropriate focus of leadership. Student learning is a process of critical self-reflection of their role and actions in sustaining and maintaining mentalities of emanation that is detrimental to themselves and all persons/beings. Our approach to teaching and learning allows Puertas Abiertas students to re-store meaning and dignity in their lives.

Our experience working with Latino students the past 18 years is that they have engage in re-centering their lives as Latinos. They have emptied themselves of stories of deformation, which diminish themselves and others. They have created new stories and understandings that are just and compassionate, for themselves, and as Latinos. This re-centering is a life-long change for many students. The re-centering has led to their high school completion and entrance into post-secondary institutions as full bicultural human beings worthy of respect and dignity.

Mission Statement

The Puertas Abiertas Leadership Academy is an intense academic and cultural enrichment experience for Chicano/Mexicano/Latino high school students in Lane County. Puertas Abiertas students demonstrate a:

  • desire to learn about cultural history
  • desire to excel in academics
  • desire to become a bicultural leader and a
  • desire to accomplish goals

The Summer Academy serves to enrich and enhance the academic preparation for the college experience within a framework based on Mexican/Mexican American, Latina/o, Caribbean, and Hispanic experiences.


The goal of the program is to develop positive, proactive values and strategies that will maximize students' opportunities for bicultural success. Puertas Abiertas empowers Chicano/Mexicano, Latino/Latina students to negotiate North American mainstream culture while preserving the rich cultural foundations of the Chicano/Latino community. These goals are accomplished through a combination of classroom instruction, workshops, field trips, and interaction with Chicano/Latino community members.


The principal objectives of the Puertas Abiertas Leadership Academy:

  • Exercise bicultural leadership in the schools and community
  • Promote personal growth, biculturalism, and self-confidence
  • Acquire in-depth awareness of educational and career opportunities
  • Gain an awareness of Mexican/Mexican American, Latino, Caribbean and Hispanic experiences in the Americas and schools
  • Foster successful transitions to Lane Community College and four-year colleges & universities.


The Summer Leadership Academy will prepare high school juniors and seniors to successfully transition into a college environment. Students will attend workshops presented by the University of Oregon and Lane Community College faculty and staff.

Presentations will focus on high school graduation requirements, college admission requirements, college academic programs, and available support services. Students will complete a portfolio containing scholarship applications and essays, college applications, and resumes. Enrollment in Puertas Abiertas is very competitive and will be limited to 25.


  • Students should be able to attend the full two-week experience, from 9:00 am-2:00 pm.
  • Students should be able to attend an opening orientation
  • Students should be able to attend a Bonding day More information:

Contact Puertas Abiertas-Paso al Futuro Summer Leadership Academy

Supported by the Multicultural CenterThe 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.