Summer LEADS Program

Fifth Annual Summer LEADS Program is VIRTUAL

Join us for the fifth annual Leadership Experiences in Agricultural Development & Sciences (LEADS) Program. This is a USDA grant funded program that provides leadership and experiential learning activities for high school students (junior & seniors) and community college students. Participants are engaged in an interactive 2-day camp, where they will participate in exciting hands-on educational activities, exploration of career and job opportunities in the food and agriculture industry, virtual tours of agribusinesses, field and lab activities, virtual campus tours, and much more!

Download 2021 Summer LEADS Camp flyer. (Download Spanish Flyer 2021 Summer LEADS flyer)

Special Attractions:

  • Registration Deadline: May 31, 2021 
  • Registration is FREE!!!
  • Scholarships
  • Daily prizes
  • Field trips
  • Explore the world of agricultural science  


Community College Students: June 8 & 9, 2021. Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
High School Students: June 15 & 16, 2021. Tuesday & Wednesday 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM


Online via ZOOM (LINK will be provided after registration)


Register for the 2021 Summer LEADS Camp (VIRTUAL) 

Camp Form:

Download and complete the release form and bring it on the first day of camp:

Agriculture Interest Survey:

Ag Interest Survey

Camp Surveys:

Pre-camp survey: Pre-camp survey link

Wrap-up Survey: Post-camp survey link

Please contact us with any questions


Dr. Oluwarotimi Odeh (Project Director), 209-667-3961 or

Comments from Summer LEADS Program Participants:

Alexandria Tyler, Modesto Junior College (2017): "Summer LEADs Camp was a great experience! They covered a wide range of interests in the Ag department. From people that are interested in the animal sector all the way to people that want to fly drones for agricultural purposes. I feel that this is a great opportunity for people that want to work in  agriculture but are not quite sure what sector they want to work in yet."

Dakota Browning, Merced College (2017): "It was much fun meeting new people and being able to see what Stan State Agriculture has to offer. I recommend exploring the Agriculture Industry through the LEADS program within Central Valley, as well as memories that will last a lifetime."

Garrett Wade, Pitman High School (2016):"This program was truly an amazing experience that opened my eyes to more career opportunities. It was a great networking opportunity and I would definitely recommend this camp to other students."

Ryan Brewer, Pitman High School (2016): “Overall, it was a very informative experience. I learned a bunch about the industry and opportunities that are available through Ag. I would definitely recommend it to others.” 

Sarah Baskins, Merced College (2016): “At first, when I heard about the LEADS program, I was hesitant to want to take that much time off to attend a small summer conference. But looking back now, I am very glad I did. If you have the opportunity and time, I highly suggest taking the week to participate in this fun learning conference. You'll gain so much from it”