Agriculture is consistently ranked as one of the three most dangerous occupations in the United States.
LLI Applicant Information
SAF’s Levante ("to raise up") Leadership Institute is a program designed to increase educational success and develop social skills of Latino youth from farmworker families in Johnston County and the surrounding area. Through popular education and cultural arts such as documentary and theater, students share their experiences, build confidence, gain leadership skills, and explore options for higher education. The program supports the students' families by connecting them with community resources and engaging them in SAF’s advocacy and organizing work.
SAF also partners with the Adelante Education Coalition to advocate for access to Higher Education for all immigrants. Get involved here.
SAF's youth development model involves creating a safe space for youth to talk about issues affecting them, while using creative means that foster school success, college preparation, and youth activism. Participants will attend 1 Orientation (Overnight), 2 Retreats (Overnight), and Leadership Trainings. Transportation will be provided IF NECESSARY.
Farmworker youth will participate in workshops on or about:
- Team Building
- Farmworker Issues
- Education Issues and Access
- Community Organizing
- Health Issues and Access
- College Preparation
In order to participate in the Levante Leadership Institute you must be between the ages of 14-19 and come from a farmworking family or work in food processing and must currently live in Johnston County and the surrounding counties in NC. Interested participants must submit a written application and interview for the program. Space is limited to 14 participants.
A youth who has a member of their family currently working in or recently worked in agriculture planting, cultivating, harvesting, food processing or preparing crops for market or storage.
Fully participate in and attend the entire orientation, retreats, monthly trainings, and special events related to Levante/SAF.
|August 14||Application Deadline|
|August 31||Selection of Participants|
|September 2||Students notified of acceptance|
|September 10-11||Orientation Retreat (Overnight)|
|September 11||Parent Orientation|
|October 22||LLI Training|
|November 19||Soy Un Lider Conference|
|December 3||LLI Training|
|January 21-22||LLI Mid-Retreat|
|February TBD||HKonJ March|
|February 18||LLI Training|
|March TBD||College Visit to UNC-Pembroke|
|March 24-31||National Farmworker Awareness Week|
|April 22-23||LLI Final Retreat|
|May 6||LLI Final Celebration|
|May TDB||Parent Visits|
* This schedule does not include presentations!
To submit an application for the Program download the form above and mail it to to SAF, 1317 W. Pettigrew St., Durham NC 27705. Or email them to Andreina Malki.
The application can also be submitted online here: English Application
If you know a farmworker youth who could benefit from this program please contact SAF's Youth Director, Andreina Malki