85% of fruits and vegetables produced in the United States are harvested by hand.
History of Levante
In celebration of SAF's 20th anniversary in 2012, youth from the Levante Leadership Institute were supported by the Beehive Design Collective to create a portable fabric mural that tells their stories and highlights SAF's 20 years of work in the farmworker movement. Through an intense three-week facilitated, collaborative, and creative process, the youth learned how to use their stories to graphically tell a collective story of their experiences and of our work to address farmworker injustice. The mural was unveiled during a community celebration in eastern North Carolina in November 2012 and SAF is now taking the mural on the road to teach others about the farmworker movement.
Youth from the Levante Leadership Institute performed the play One in a Million to create awareness about child labor and the struggles that migrant students face while in school and in the work place.
Levante youth developed and performed One in a Million, a play that tells the story of Julio, a teenage boy who has to work before and after school to help his parents earn money for the family. Through Julio’s story, audience members learn about children who work in the fields, their struggles, and their aspirations for the future.
Levante youth developed and performed ¿Qué culpa tengo yo?, a play about the obstacles that immigrant students face when trying to achieve their dreams of education.
Levante youth created a documentary publication, Life in the Fields, to inform farmworkers how to prevent occupational injury and illness.
In 2006, SAF restructured Levante in order to better meet the needs of farmworker youth. Students created a play, The Price You Pay, to educate others about work conditions faced by farmworker youth.
SAF partnered with the NC Migrant Education Program (MEP) to address the educational needs of migrant students across the state. Through this partnership, SAF:
- Coordinated College Day visits for nearly 2000 migrant youth,
- Mentored over 1,000 migrant youth during summer programs,
- Provided internships for 41 college students to work with migrant youth,
- Built the self-esteem and cultural awareness of thousands of migrant students through workshops and art-based projects,
- Provided information about college to hundreds of parents and educators each year, and
- Assisted local Migrant Education Programs to expand school AIM clubs for migrant students from one to over 50 clubs in 27 counties.