STUDENT ACTION WITH FARMWORKERS

Uniting for just living and working conditions for farmworkers and their families

aka SAF   |   Durham, NC   |  www.saf-unite.org

Mission

Student Action with Farmworkers is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to bring students and farmworkers together to learn about each other's lives, share resources and skills, improve conditions for farmworkers, and build diverse coalitions working for social change. SAF works with farmworkers, students, and advocates in the Carolinas and nationwide to create a more just agricultural system. Since 1992, we have engaged thousands of students, farmworker youth, and community members in the farmworker movement.

Ruling year info

1992

Executive Director

Sylvia Zapata Shoemaker

Main address

P.O. Box 2835

Durham, NC 27715 USA

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EIN

56-1789014

NTEE code info

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Rural (S32)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (K01)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

SAF develops the leadership of farmworker youth and college students to improve the living and working conditions of a majority Latino immigrant farmworker population. SAF students tackle systemic problems, including health concerns, educational barriers, immigration issues, and problems in the workplace. SAF alumni go on to study rural health, teach migrant children, and provide legal support for workers. Without our programs it is unlikely that the farmworkers that SAF students reach would be able to access available services or resources.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Into the Fields Internship

SAF develops the leadership of college students from diverse backgrounds, giving them the opportunity to work directly with farmworkers in the Carolinas. Each year, SAF trains approximately 25 students on issues that farmworkers face, and places them to work full-time with migrant education programs, legal aid offices, rural health clinics, community-based organizations, and farmworker unions. SAF interns increase the capacity of the organizations they work with by outreaching to over 5,000 farmworkers & their families each summer.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Adults

Building awareness of farmworker struggles and providing space for analysis are vital aspects of our advocacy work. SAF creates resources and conducts workshops to raise the consciousness of young people and their communities about the conditions under which our food is produced and to engage them in action. We encourage you to use these resources, including factsheets and publications, documentary projects, and a speaker guide, in your classroom, your research, your community and faith groups, your organizing work, and your individual learning.

National Farmworker Awareness Week

SAF coordinates the week of awareness by providing training, support, and resources that enable our partners across the country to organize actions on their campuses and in their communities. In short, SAF provides resources and support, and you coordinate the action!

Population(s) Served
Migrant workers

Spend the academic year interning at Student Action with Farmworkers learning about the farmworker justice movement and gaining nonprofit leadership skills. Through mentorship and training, 5-10 Solidaridad interns gain an understanding of farmworker issues and experience in social justice and nonprofit work, while increasing SAF’s capacity to fulfill our mission. Students intern approximately 10 hours a week conducting presentations, mentoring farmworker youth, planning events, creating communication tools, participating in actions, rallies, and coalition meetings, and writing blog posts. Students will also be introduced to seasoned advocates so that they have the opportunity to build their professional network.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Through training, mentorship, and professional development, 5-10 SAF alumni will participate in retreats, peer support calls, events, and ongoing mentorship to learn new skills and current farmworker issues. Through this program, SAF will build resilient leaders that will learn about nonprofit management in a social justice context. Topics that may be explored include popular education, equity, communication, fundraising, self/community care, and organizational culture.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Nonprofit Sector Stewardship Award 2009

NC Center for Nonprofits

Defenders of Justice Award 2003

North Carolina Justice and Community Development Center

Peace Prize 1996

North Carolina Peace Corps Association

Annual Impact Award 2010

Glaxo Smith Kline

Cesar Chavez Champions of Change 2012

White House

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SAF works with farmworkers, students, and advocates in the Southeast and nationwide to create a more just agricultural system. Since 1992, we have engaged thousands of students, farmworker youth, and community members in the farmworker movement.

SAF changes the lives of middle, high school, and out of school migrant youth through the Levante Leadership Institute.

SAF trains, mentors, and supports NC college students to develop organizing skills and become leaders in the farmworker movement through our Solidaridad internship.

SAF mobilizes hundreds of college students through our Into the Fields internship and fellowship. SAF interns & fellows provide much-needed skills, energy, and time to farmworker organizations and receive a life-changing, educational experience in return.

SAF reaches out to thousands of community members by raising awareness of injustices in the agricultural industry through our From the Ground Up program. We use actions, presentations, publications and email alerts, to inform and mobilize students and community members around current legislation, consumer boycotts, and other justice efforts initiated by farmworkers. We coordinate an annual national week of action, Farmworker Awareness Week, to raise awareness about farmworker issues on our campuses and in our communities.

Financials

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Board of directors
as of 06/02/2022
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Board chair

Yeimi Thomas Macias

UNC Chapel Hill

Term: 2022 - 2021

Xaris Martinez

Center for Documentary Studies

Yessy Bustos

Student, Eastern Carolina University

Jaslina Paintal

Student, Eastern Carolina University

Maria Perry

Managing Attorney at Perry Legal Services, PLLC

Yeimi Thomas

Student, University of North Carolina

Jessenia Diaz

Marian Fragola

NC State University

Eduardo Hernandez

Omar Ibarra

Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute

Jennifer Jackson

Interfaith Prison Ministry for Women

Rachel Wright Junio

NC Department of Public Instruction

Christopher Paul

NC Central University

Jessica Rodriguez

Board leadership practices

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  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes