Eastern Oregon's Newest Coordinator
Written by Hollie Conger
Eastern Oregon’s Open Campus Program Assistant, Caleb Sturgill, is passionate about finding ways to improve and contribute to rural communities. Originally from John Day, Caleb is familiar with the challenges rural communities face. Since beginning his role as the education program assistant for Grant County, Caleb has been responsible for program implementation and assisting with 4-H. Connecting with school administrators and local organizations to brainstorm ideas for the program, has been essential in incorporating Open Campus in the community. Other tasks have included grant writing for 4-H programs, creating new program outlines for new 4-H functions, and opening up career and educational opportunities for Grant County youth.
Caleb graduated from Lewis and Clark College with a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Affairs. Some hobbies of his include running, reading, photography, land management, and exploring new places. As Program Assistant, Caleb hopes to help close the opportunity gap between rural and urban youth, while maintaining cohesive communities.
For Grant County, there has already been great work done towards expanding educational opportunities to support youth development and preparing students for life after high school. ASPIRE, 4-H camps and leadership training, SNAP-Ed, Safe Community Coalition activities, and efforts by local groups to get kids outdoors are examples of ways the community has worked to promote youth engagement. Through Open Campus, Caleb is hoping to bring more energy and resources to existing county programs and to fill the gaps where needed. One of the biggest challenges of working in a small community is drawing in volunteers, so Caleb is hoping to maximize the efforts and skills to better serve the community.
Looking ahead, Open Campus will offer financial literacy classes at local schools, outreach and training for ASPIRE, GED prep courses, and youth support for those at risk of dropping out of high school. Additionally, Open Campus plans to establish a permanent middle school program to further foster a culture aimed at higher education.
To contact Caleb, email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or give him a call at 503-810-2033.