Duration: September 23, 2023 -April 20, 2024

Application deadline: August 31, 2023

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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 or food service and must currently live in Johnston County or a surrounding county in eastern NC (including Durham and Wake counties).

Interested participants must submit a written application and interview for the program. Space is limited to 7 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.



  • $1250 stipend
  • Laptop, hotspot and WiFi plan
  • Room and board at overnight trainings
  • Mentorship
  • Transportation as needed



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

Important dates
  • August 31Applications due
  • September 1-9 Interviews and selection
  • September 23First meeting with students and parents - in person
  • October 14-15Overnight Orientation workshop
  • November 4Theater Workshop
  • December 16Last Fall meeting - in person
  • January 13First Spring Meeting - virtual
  • Jan 20 Mid Retreat
  • March 25 - 31 National Farmworker Awareness Week
  • April 20 Final Retreat


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I’ve learned that although I am still in highschool I can still help. I use to think that I could not do anything for the injustice in todays world. Thanks to SAF I feel stronger and have more confidence."

Francisco Ibarra Levante Leadership Institute youth member