CSUB Migrant Region 21 Non-Residential Program Teaches Health and Fitness Education

Non-Residental Migrant Program students eat a nutritious breakfast in CSUB’s Student Union before getting started with the day’s activities.

California State University, Bakersfield’s  (CSUB) College Access & Success Programs’ (CCASP) Migrant Region 21 Summer Non-Residential Academy, in association with CSUB’s College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP), is currently in progress with the program running from July 5 through July 25. The last day will conclude with Family Day in the Student Union and Alumni Park on CSUB’s campus, to give loved ones a chance to see for themselves what their students have been up to all week.

CAMP provides services to migrant identified students who enter the university as freshmen. The program is designed to assist first-time migrant identified freshmen to successfully complete their first year at the University. The program addresses the educational and social transition issues of first generation migration college students. By starting programs for younger students, a seed is being planted for them to aim for higher education and college experience.

This day camp focuses on athletics, academics and nutrition for 4th-6th grade migrant-based students in the Bakersfield City School District (BCSD). While it is meant to focus on academic skills, it also works to boost athletic ability. Students spend the first half of the day focusing on athletics with footwork and other skills in basketball and soccer. In the afternoon, the focus is on the academic side with reading and writing in the classroom, as they learn more about nutrition.

“Hopefully these students will continue with what we’re teaching them and take it into the regular school year,” said Lead Teacher, Juan De Santiago. By younger students attending these CAMP-based programs, a seed is being planted for them to aim for higher education and college experience.

Last month, CAMP hosted a 5-day/24-hour camp called Migrant Region 21 Summer Residential Academy focusing on seventh grade students. The Residential program helps students prepare for jr. high, and presents them with Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics (STEAM). Students were able to live in the student housing on campus; throughout the day, they took STEAM-based classes, and made art projects including mosaics and pastels. The residential advisors for the week were former CAMP students themselves and could relate to the situations of the students participating.