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.


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