Family/Youth (Outreach) 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.

COVID-19 UPDATE: Due to school closures and social distancing, the Pilas program will be online, with tech support for those who need it and a more flexible schedule. Same great program, just different. We will return to an in-person or hybrid approach when it is safe to do so.

Spring 2021 Pilas Online (via Zoom)
April 5 – June 11, 2021

More info and how to register: download the Pilas Flyer (Spanish/English)

Please check our Facebook page for the most recent updates to this 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.

2021 Special Announcement

The 2021 Puertas Abiertas/Pasos al Futuro Summer Leadership Academy has received funding from the K-12 Summer Learning Fund of Oregon Community Foundation. With these funds, we will be able to offer a $250 food gift card to 25 students and their families that participate in the Puertas Abiertas/Pasos al Futuro program. In addition, 10 senior students will get a $500 scholarship for college upon completing the program.

The 2021 program runs from July 12 – August 18, with a required orientation on July 7.
Application deadline: June 25.

Visit for program details and how to apply.


Pasosal Futuro