FIELD engages in policy and advocacy work at the local, regional, state and national levels. As a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving migrant, farmworkers, and rural communities, FIELD takes an active interest in legislation and public policy that promotes the dignity, socioeconomic well-being, and yes, the immigration law reform necessary to sustain vibrant and healthy farmworker communities in the United States of America. Our advocacy focuses on:
- Educational opportunities at the high school, college, and adult education levels
- Work opportunities for that transform unskilled into skilled labor
- internship and experiential learning that advances worker toward business ownership
Over the past five years, FIELD has advocated on behalf of rural communities with state and federal lawmakers, community partners, college and university colleagues, and other nonprofits that share our vision of a society that supports education for all of its members.
Some examples of FIELD associations and partnerships include:
- California Conservation Corps (CCC): From rebuilding trails to organizing recycling programs, FIELD interns work, study and advance their careers through partnerships with several state agencies, primarily the CCC.
- Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA): Passed in 2014 with overwhelming bipartisan majorities, the WIOA is helping transform federally funded job training programs across the country to ensure everyone can get the skills and training they need to “punch their ticket to the middle class.”
- U.S. Department of Natural Resources: FIELD supports DNR in their efforts to diversify and increase training to the next generation of federal national park employees.
- California’s Community Colleges: Through cooperative grants and instructional service agreements, FIELD provides ESL training to adult populations in some of the most remote areas of the state.
- Charter School Development Association (CSDA): The effort to build a statewide charter school system for young adults is a daunting task, but thanks to the help of the CSDA, FIELD is keeping up with enrollment increases and bringing still more educational opportunities to California’s rural communities.
- Kern High School District Adult Schools
- Migrant/ Seasonal Farm Workers (MSFW)
- Latino Educational Equity
- National Council of La Raza (NCLR)
- Kern County Workforce Development Youth Council
- Promise Neighborhoods (CSUB)
- South Kern Building Healthy Communities
- Teaching for Rural Academic Basic Achievement and Job Opportunities (TRABAJO), a 2010 Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education (FIPSE)grant from the U.S. Department of Education to Butte College as the lead grantee with FIELD as a contracted partner