Migrant farmworker students to intern in D.C.
Four migrant seasonal farmworker college students have been selected for an intensive eight week professional internship and mentoring program sponsored by the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association in Washington D.C.
The goal is to provide life altering experiences and networks to help students make the sometimes overwhelming transition from agricultural life to that of a professional. Instead of youth working in the fields harvesting fruits or vegetables in the summer heat, they will live with host families.
The students will be placed in diverse positions working for agencies such as the: Hispanic Communication Network, Mexican American Legal Defense Fund, the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, Farmworker Justice, and the U.S. Department of Education.
“Since the age of 13 I have worked every summer in the orchards picking apples, cherries, and pears, and doing other demanding physical jobs that helped me develop a great work ethic. It takes a lot of determination to stick with these jobs, but I have always taken pride in completing my work, contributing to my family’s income, even when the work was grueling," said 21 year old Armando Gonzalez, a college student from Bridgeport, Washington.
The goal of Migrant/Seasonal Head Start Programs is to prepare children from farmworker/agricultural backgrounds. For more information you can follow the program visiting NMSHASA.