Hundreds of students gather for Migrant Youth Leadership Conference

Hundreds of middle schoolers and high schoolers from Skagit and Whatcom counties gathered Tuesday at Western Washington University both to celebrate their roots and to see how high they can reach.
The winter Migrant Youth Leadership Conference, called “From Strong Roots Come Strong Leaders,” attracted students from five districts across the counties, including Burlington-Edison, Sedro-Woolley and Mount Vernon.
“We have a very large migrant community,” Jazz Espiritu, one of the conference organizers, said of Western Washington, and Skagit and Whatcom counties in particular. “A lot of these kids feel like they’re invisible.”