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Dear NC FIELD Supporters, 

Thank you for supporting NC FIELD and farmworkers everywhere. We hope you will enjoy some updates on the amazing work that we have been doing thanks to supporters like you! 

Read more about:
  • PJC's Program Assistant  
  • Food Youth Initiative 2016 
  • YouthSpeak at Telamon 
  • PJC July Meeting 
  • MEP Summer Camp 
  • PJC's Trip to Transplanting Traditions 

NC FIELD General Updates

Summer 2016

Meet Ana: PJC's Program Assistant 
Ana was first introduced to PJC in 2011 when MEP approached her to attend a youth meeting. During her time as a PJC youth Ana has spoken against the harsh conditions of youth working in tobacco in North Carolina and Washington DC. She also strongly advocates for the importance of tuition equity for all. 

Ana's internship as a program assistant includes planning and evaluating youth activities, learning about non-profit programming, non-profit budgeting, youth collaborations, non-profit board roles, and introduction to grant writing and tracking.

Ana has also done a fantastic job to bridge other FYI youth groups and collaborate more on projects. Her recent activity involved PJC youth traveling to Chapel Hill to Transplanting Traditions farm. PJC Youth were able to increase awareness of the plight of the farmworker to other youth. Read more about the trip below! 

PJC Youth Council Updates


Despite the heat, PJC has had some cool activities this summer! 

Food Youth Initiative - June 2016 
FYI- is a week long conference where youth across the state come together to share their experiences, struggles, and successes in advocating for food justice. During this week youth also received training and support to continue advocating for food justice in their communities. FYI’s core youth groups include: PJC Youth, Growing Change, Transplanting Traditions, and Canotoe Family Life Center. For some PJC youth this was their first time participating in FYI. As a result of this gathering PJC is excited to collaborate more with other youth groups. 

During this year’s gathering youth visited the ECO-HUB, Transplanting Traditions farm, Stagville State Historic Site, and SEEDS. PJC Youth also had the opportunity to present their photography at The Vault at The Palace International. 

YouthSpeak at Telamon - July 2016
On July 13, 2016 PJC was invited to present YouthSpeak at Telamon’s training event in Raleigh, NC. Three youth shared their personal experiences as farmworker youth in North Carolina to over 30 people.  Youth touched on topics of wages, lack of farmworker protections, in-state tuition, pesticide and chemical exposure, and the plight of the farmworker in general. During this trip youth were encourage to speak their voice and develop on their public speaking and presentation skills. 

PJC Meeting - July 2016 
PJC Youth met on Sunday, July 24, 2016 in Kinston for some strategic planning. PJC Youth President Jose and PCJ Program Assistant Ana led this meeting, thus expanding their leadership, presentation, and program planning skills. PJC youth members were able to provide feedback on the pilot program that was launched in January, make suggestions, and get involved in the strategic planning of the program.
Sneak Peek: PJC youth have shown interest in bringing back the community garden in their community! PJC youth would like to collaborate more with FYI youth groups and focus on food justice issues. 

MEP Summer Camp - August 2016
NC FIELD was invited by the Lenoir Co. Migrant Education Program to present at their Summer Camp. NC FIELD staff and PJC Program Assistant Ana presented on NC FIELD and PJC’s work in the community. MEP students also participated in a critical thinking and goal setting game. In the end PJC managed to recruit over 5 new members! 

Transplanting Traditions Trip in Chapel Hill - August 2016 

PJC youth traveled to Chapel Hill to visit Transplanting Traditions on Friday, August 5th. Transplanting Traditions is
PJC youth conducted an activity with youth on farmworker issues. Youth utilized arts to learn more about farmworker issues such as wages, child labor, and pesticide exposure. Youth learned about H2A workers, unaccompanied workers, H2 Labor Contractors, migrant and seasonal farmworkers different struggles. PJC Youth were able to share their own experiences about working in the fields with the rest of the youth. 

Check out a short clip of the farmworker skit here

We hope that you have enjoyed reading about the amazing projects and activities that NC FIELD has participated in. 

As always thank you for your support! 

Yessy Bustos 
Executive Director
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