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.

Rites of Passage Summer 2021

African American Rites of Passage Academy

The African American Rites of Passage Academy is building a year round program. This program will support African American k-12 students through events and activities throughout the year. This summer 2021, we will focus on developing events and activities for the year, K-12 teacher outreach and education, and creating the 2022 Youth summer program. Please complete our interest form for students and educators who are interested in participating!

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

The Asian and Pacific Islander American Rites of Passage (APIAROP) youth leadership program will host a virtual weekend webinar in 2021. The weekend will focus on creating a sense of community and solidarity, and provide a welcoming space for Asian and Pacific Islander youth, peer mentors, and community leaders to freely engage in open discussions, and shared experiences of Asian and Pacific Islander identity, culture, traditions, family, and background. Participants will be introduced to leadership tools, and real-world skills within an A/PI-specific cultural framework. The weekend webinar conference will be held this upcoming summer season (date TBA). Please complete our interest form!

Bridge of the Gods Leadership Summit

Nationally known youth leadership and development speaker Brian Frejo of Created4Greatness will facilitate the Bridge of the Gods Leadership Summit 2021! 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. The weekend leadership summit will be Saturday, May 22- Sunday, May 23. Application coming soon! Please complete our interest form and we will send you an application once available.

Puertas Abiertas / Paso al Futuro Summer Leadership Academy
2021 - hosted by Lane Community College and Downtown Languages

PALA LogoPasos al Futuro logo

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. 

Please complete our interest form!