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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 or a surrounding county in eastern 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 who recently worked in agricultural planting, cultivating, harvesting, food processing or preparing crops for market or storage.



  • $1000 scholarship
  • Tablet, hotspot and WiFi plan
  • Room and board at 3 trainings
  • Mentorship
  • Transportation as needed



  • Participate in the entire program from September – May
  • Attend the overnight orientation, mid retreat, and final retreat
  • Attend monthly trainings and special events related to Levante/SAF
  • Write guided writings/blogs


account_circleRamón Zepeda

phone(919) 660-0704


I am doing the Levante program because I hope to give back to people who, thanks to them, we have food on our table. I want to make a small change to help people because they sacrifice many things. I also want to be involved in my community. I know a small change can make a huge difference.

Emily Velazquez-AlvaradoLevante Leadership Institute youth member