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
August 31Selection of Participants
September 2Students notified of acceptance
September 9-10Orientation Retreat (Overnight)
September 10Parent Orientation/Levante Exhibit at CDS
October 12College visit
November TBDCommunity project 
December 9LLI Training
January 20-21LLI Mid-Retreat 
February TBDHKonJ March 
February 18LLI Training 
March 17LLI Training
March 24-31National Farmworker Awareness Week
April 14-15LLI Final Retreat
May 5LLI Final Celebration
May TDBParent Visits 
June TBDUndocuGraduation

* 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 Director, Andreina Malki.


Andreina Malki
Youth Director
919- 660-3674