A new program to serve K-12 students will offer free five-day camps beginning in June, said Misha Chakraborty, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension 4-H Youth Program grant assistant. The goal is to provide accessible career development for underprivileged students, she said.

“The topics will be related to leadership development and crop development,” she said. “Our focus is to provide alternative career choices to the students so they know about career choices in the agricultural field.”

The program will be online from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. starting June 14 and will resume in person July 19-23 at the Steve Radack Community Center, 18650 Clay Road, Houston.

Chakraborty said the program is supported by the Harris County Department of Education, and grants will be provided for 15 students to attend each of the two program sessions, which are split into kindergarten through eighth grade and high school students. Registration can be completed online, and grants will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Roger Bridgwater, director at Harris County Precinct 3, has also agreed to provide a school bus so students and staff members can safely travel to and from field trip locations.

“What I’m trying to do is make the programs completely free for the students,” Chakraborty said. “So the students can access resources, and they don’t have to worry about paying.”