When the temperatures rise during the summer months in Yuma County, teenagers may be looking for something to do. A free Youth Leadership Summer Institute in San Luis is being offered in June with a goal of having area teens make a difference in their communities.
Campesinos Sin Fronteras is a non-profit agency that serves farmworkers and low-income residents at their offices in Somerton and San Luis.
Youth programs are offered at Campesinos and for the last decade, they have offered a free bilingual Youth Leadership Summer Institute for county residents between the ages of 13 and 18.
Emma Torres is Campesinos’ executive director. She said topics that will be discussed include living a healthy lifestyle, educating the community about the drug fentanyl and opioid abuse and cyberbullying.
“(The participants will be) taking away leadership skills that will help them evwntually accomplish academic success," Torres said. "That’s one of the things but also to stay away from problems.”
This year’s institute will be held June 3rd through the 20th at the Fernando Padilla Community Center in San Luis.
Registration is limited to the first 25 teens. Call 928-627-1060 or 928-627-9777.