Rites of Passage

Rites of Passage Summer Youth Academies

Rites of Passage students in different activities during summer academies

Celebrating Over Twenty Years!!

The Rites of Passage summer academies at Lane Community College are designed to inform and inspire high school and middle school students of color in Lane County. Students representing four racial/ethnic groups are immersed in their own respective Summer program focusing on their cultural history, literature, folklore, and traditions. These programs are based on an academic framework that promotes positive self-image and self-esteem.

History

The Rites of Passage summer programs were founded in 1996 with the African American Rites of Passage summer academy. In 2001, the Pan Asian American summer academy was added and changed their name to Asian and Pacific Islander American Rites of Passage a decade later to more accurately reflect the community.

In 2002, the Bridge of the Gods Summer Academy (BOGSA) and Puertas Abiertas Leadership Academy programs were initiated.

Over the last decade, more than over one-thousand students of color in Lane County have participated in the Rites of Passage programs at Lane Community College.

The four affinity-based programs include:

African American Rites of Passage Summer Academy
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. 

Asian and Pacific Islander American Rites of Passage Summer Academy
Designed to provide 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, increase intercultural skills, and develop personal and community empowerment skills.

Bridge of the Gods Summer Academy
Designed to teach appropriate indigenous principles of cooperative social interaction to Native American high school students. The Bridge of the Gods program is based on the tradition of honor and respect for all peoples, and students are informed about traditional ways of knowing. The program's purpose is to increase cultural awareness among pre-college age Native youth that will lead to improved academic success and increased self-awareness in the college environment. (legend context)

Puertas Abiertas Latino/Latina Rites of Passage Summer Academy
Designed to provide 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. 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. 

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.