For youth from farm labor families, leadership camp in Ontario opens possibilities

A student edits a friend's magazine cover during the magazine showcase at the Oregon Migrant Leadership Institute held at Treasure Valley Community College. (ANGELINA KATSANIS/The Enterprise)

ONTARIO – More than 100 middle and high school students from migrant and seasonal farmwork families across eastern Oregon gathered the past three weeks for the annual

Oregon Migrant Leadership Institute program at Treasure Valley Community College.

Project Director Greg Contreras, who is from Ontario and now manages the College Assistance Migrant Program at Portland Community College, said the program was “helping our students understand their potential, that they are leaders” and to push “educational access – it doesn’t end with high school.” 

Last year, the institute team conducted a version online, but Contreras said the crew was happy to be back in person this summer . . .