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: Because the pandemic is not yet under control, the Bethel and Springfield Pilas programs will be online this session, with tech support for those who need it and a more flexible schedule. We have computers to lend for students who don’t have a device at home. Same great program, just different. We will return to an in-person or hybrid approach when it is safe to do so.

Fall 2021 Pilas Online (via Zoom)
October 6 – December 10, 2021

More info and how to register: download the Pilas Flyer / Folleto de Pilas

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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.

Fall 2021 Pilas Cottage Grove (in person)
September 28 – December 9, 2021

Pilas Cottage Grove is an in-person program with strict adherence to all COVID-19 protocols as detailed by the Oregon Department of Education.

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, 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.


Pasosal Futuro