Children of migrant workers in Imperial County are being given a helping hand and a chance to seek higher education thanks to a program at the University of La Verne aimed at helping them succeed in the U.S.
The Migrant Education Summer Institute – a month-long program that caters to students who have been in the U.S. for less than three years – is partnered with the Imperial County Office of Education and is funded by Imperial County.
It was started by University of La Verne professor Adonay Montes, who was born in El-Salvador and brought to the U.S. by his mother after his father died. The moved created struggles for him family, Montes said, but through it, his mother taught him the value of a “strong work ethic.”
Montes says he was a “squirrely, motivated and focused” boy, and his immigrant up-bringing is what motivates him now.
“I learned a long time ago that we’re allowed to dream, and every kid is allowed to dream,” he said.
The program recruits youth from Imperial County, and the day NBC4 visited campus, parents were being bussed in to visit their children. As the bus pulls in the, kids can be seen lined up along the windows, eagerly staring, some fidgeting. Many of them have never been away from home like this before.
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