Puertas Abiertas Latino-Latina Rites of Passage

Puertas Abiertas Latino/Latina Rites of Passage Summer Academy

Rites of Passage Summer Programs Cancelled for Summer 2020

It is with great sadness that due to the current COVID19 issues, we have to announce the cancellation of our Rites of Passage Summer programs that have been held for over twenty years.

It is our hope that everything will be back to normality by next summer. We'll be back with a renewed energy to serve the young population of our underrepresented communities!

Please check for future updates on this web site or contact the program coordinator directly.

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.

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 Information:

Jim García
Chicano/Latino Student Program Coordinator
Phone: 541-463-5144
Email: garciaj@lanecc.edu