Puertas Abiertas Latino-Latina Rites of Passage

Puertas Abiertas / Paso al Futuro Summer Leadership Academy

Summer 2021 Update

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hosted by Lane Community College and Downtown Languages

The Puertas Abiertas / Pasos al Futuro Summer Leadership Academy provides a bicultural empowerment/life skills experience for Latinx students with a focus on identifying positive, proactive values and habits that will maximize students’ opportunities for success. For 2021, in response for the need to operate remotely, the summer academy will have a bilingual website containing college information and resources that will promote college literacy for Latinx high school students and parents. The website (can be found on the Lane Multicultural Center page) will be accessible from June 1-August 31. Puertas Abiertas/Pasos al Futuro staff will schedule Zoom sessions during the month of July/August to allow for student or parent bilingual interactions with questions regarding the information shared on the website. For those wanting to attend in-person workshop sessions facilitated by Downtown Languages-Pasos al Futuro, there will be an application to complete available on the website. Workshop sessions may cover Financial Literacy, Resume and Scholarship writing. The summer program is available for Latinx high school students in Lane County and Latinx parents will be encouraged to participate in the 2021 Summer leadership Academy.

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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