Outreach and Seasonal Programs

Pilas Family Literacy Program

Downtown Languages partners with the Springfield and Bethel School Districts, Lane ESD Migrant Education Program, United Way of Lane County, and other community organizations to offer the Pilas Family Literacy Program for Spanish-speaking families. The program, for families with children ages 0 – 13, offers ESL classes for parents, a preschool classroom, reading and writing for K-3, a homework club for grades 4 – 8, and family and cultural activities. Childcare is provided. Teenagers 14-17 can volunteer in the classrooms. Pilas is offered twice a year (fall and spring) in Springfield and Bethel/Eugene. Classes meet two evenings a week for 10 weeks. Families accepted into the program receive full scholarships to attend.

3/18/2020 Covid-19 Update: The opening of spring Pilas, originally scheduled for March 30 and 31, has been postponed. We are disappointed to have to put on hold this program that brings together and supports so many vulnerable community members. DTL follows school schedules so we won’t be able to start again until schools reopen and resume normal activities, April 28 at the earliest. We will consider an abbreviated Pilas session if schools do indeed reopen on that date. If school is further delayed, we will need to consider fully canceling the spring session. As with so many things of late, we will just have to wait to see what transpires and allow plans to adjust as needed. Please check our Facebook page for the most up-to-date information.

Download the Spring 2020 Pilas Flyer (español/English).

Please call the Lane ESD Migrant Ed Program at 541-461-8382 or Downtown Languages at 541-686-8483 to register or for more information.


Pasos al Futuro

Puertas Abiertas/Pasos al Futuro Summer Leadership Academy is a FREE! 2-3 week summer program for Hispanic youths ages 16-21. Activities vary from year to year, but generally include leadership activities, financial literacy, story telling, goal setting, art, scholarship writing, job shadowing, résumé writing, field trips, more.

Pasosal Futuro