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.
7/31/2020 COVID-19 Update: The Spring 2020 Pilas session was shifted to a distance learning model due to school closures. An abbreviated session launched on May 18th, using a mix of online learning approaches accessible to most families. Because of the uncertainties of the course of this pandemic and how schools will reopen, the Fall 2020 Pilas session will also be via distance learning. Downtown Languages is working with district and community partners to ensure that every family who wants to participate has the technology to do so. We hope to offer an in-person or hybrid approach when it is safe to do so. 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.
The Fall 2020 Pilas Flyer will be posted soon.
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.