LLI Applicant Information

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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.

Program Details

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:

  • Leadership Development
  • Pro-equity/ anti-oppression
  • Farmworker Issues
  • Education Issues and Access
  • Community Organizing
  • Documentary
  • Health Issues and Access 
  • College Preparation


In order to participate in the Levante Leadership Institute you must be in high school 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 10 participants.

Definition of Farmworker Youth/Family

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.

Program Timeline

[Updated every year in August]

August 18Application Deadline
September 3Selection of Participants
September 4Students notified of acceptance
September 14-15Orientation Retreat (Overnight)
October 12LLI meeting and parent training
October 18NC State University visit
November 9Soy un Líder at Guilford College
November 16LLI meeting
December 14LLI meeting and parent training
January 11-12LLI Mid-Retreat 
February 9HKonJ march 
February 22LLI meeting and parent training
March 14LLI meeting and parent training
March 25-31National Farmworker Awareness Week
March 28NFAW presentation
April 25-26LLI Final Retreat
May 9LLI Final Celebration
May - June Home Visits 
June TBDUndocuGraduation
August 9SAF End of Summer Celebration

* This schedule does not include presentations!

How To Apply

To submit an application click here

If you know a farmworker youth who could benefit from this program or have questions please contact SAF's Youth Organizing Director, Victor Canales Gamiño.


Victor Canales Gamiño
Youth Organizing Director
919- 660-3674