Family/Youth (Outreach) Programs
Pilas Family Literacy
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. Onsite childcare is provided. Older teens can volunteer in the classrooms.
Classes meet two evenings a week for 10 weeks at Fairfield Elementary School (Bethel) and Two Rivers Elementary School (Springfield). Families accepted into the program receive full scholarships.
More information and how to register: Fall 2022 Pilas en Persona / Pilas in Person.
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Pilas Cottage Grove
The Pilas Family Literacy Program in Cottage Grove serves families who speak Mam and Spanish as their primary language. It is an 11-week evening program that provides ESL classes for adults, Pre-K activities, academic support for children in grades K-8, childcare, family learning activities, and celebrations of participating families’ cultures. The program is typically operated twice during the academic year. It is delivered in partnership with South Lane School District and Lane Community College.
Pasos al Futuro Youth Leadership
Puertas Abiertas/Pasos al Futuro Summer Leadership Academy is a FREE 2-3 week summer program for Hispanic youths ages 16-21, offered in partnership with Lane Community College. 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.