Duration: September-April

Application deadline: August 30, 2022

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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 3 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 30Applications due
  • * September 17Orientation
  • * October 15Theater Workshop
  • * December 10Theater Workshop
  • * January 21Mid-retreat
  • * February 25Theater Workshop
  • * March 25Theater Workshop
  • * April 15Final Retreat
  • * In person event if allowed by health safety regulations






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