Contact: Yessy Bustos, email@example.com, 252-412-3669
For Immediate Release (October 3, 2016)
Kinston, NC – North Carolina Focus on Increasing Education, Leadership & Dignity, or NC FIELD based in Kinston, NC has begun a project to improve the education and health outcomes of farmworker families and their children by providing safe alternatives to field work.
The 3-year project is funded by a $350,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) of Battle Creek, Mich.
“Children who accompany their parents to work in the fields are at increased risk from a variety of health and safety hazards, from extreme heat to chemical exposure,” Yessy Bustos, Executive Director. “These children miss out on early childhood education opportunities. The New Horizons Project aims to enroll farmworker children in early childhood education keeping them out of their parents’ hazardous work environment. The project also provides paid work in child care for youth from farmworker families, allowing them to earn income outside of the dangers of agricultural work.”
The Project consists of three major components:
(1) training and employment for youth from farmworker families,
(2) early childhood education and childcare placement for young children who are eligible for the HeadStart program, and
(3) education and safety training,financial coaching, parent engagement, and family financial literacy classes with matched savings, and connection to wrap-around resources for farmworker families with young children.
The New Horizons project will create income-generating opportunities for farmworker youth ages twelve to eighteen, and will expand the number of Head Start-eligible farmworker children, ages zero to five.
In addition, NC FIELD will collaborate with Telamon Corporation, who will provide financial coaching and family literacy classes to farmworker families enrolled in the Head Start program, along with matched savings program towards financial stability.
Without this access to childcare services, these Head Start-eligible, farmworker children may otherwise accompany their parents into high-hazard work environments in agricultural fields.
About NC FIELD
North Carolina Focus on Increasing Education, Leadership & Dignity, or NC FIELD is a nonprofit organization formed in 2009 that works with migrant and seasonal farmworker youth and families utilizing grassroots organizing principles to teach leadership, promote education and facilitate opportunities.
NC FIELD’s mission is to forge relationships that fill service gaps in the farmworker community, while increasing awareness of the plight of the farmworker. For more information, visit www.ncfield.org.
About the W.K. Kellogg Foundation
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF), founded in 1930 as an independent, private foundation by breakfast cereal pioneer, Will Keith Kellogg, is among the largest philanthropic foundations in the United States. Guided by the belief that all children should have an equal opportunity to thrive, WKKF works with communities to create conditions for vulnerable children so they can realize their full potential in school, work and life.
The Kellogg Foundation is based in Battle Creek, Michigan, and works throughout the United States and internationally, as well as with sovereign tribes, Special emphasis is pair to priority places where there are high concentrations of poverty and where children face significant barriers to success. WKKF priority places in the U.S. are in Michigan, Mississippi, New Mexico, and New Orleans; and internationally, are in Mexico and Haiti. For more information, visit www.wkkf.org.