“Never underestimate the power of a few committed people to change the world…,” a quote by Margaret Mead commonly used when a group of ordinary people do extraordinary things. In this case, it was a group of four high school students who, through determination and passion towards a common cause, managed to make extraordinary progress in a movement.
It all started with a group of migrant high school students from Mission High School that joined the Children in the Fields Campaign Youth Council. As the students learned more about the campaign, four students, Zeke, Dana, Maggie, and Joanna, stood head and shoulders above all others. Through a brainstorming meeting about spreading the word on AFOP’s declaration of 2011 as the “Year of the Farmworker Child,” the students became excited about doing a community event to educate the public on this national initiative. Not long after being introduced to the idea, the four youth council members expressed that they wanted to go beyond the community; they wanted to take it to the state level! Zeke shared that he had been inspired so much by the work that they were doing at the local level, that he wanted to take it to the “Big Dogs,” otherwise known as the state officials, and let them know about the barriers migrant and seasonal farmworker children face.
Zeke stated, “I think it is important that we exercise our Amendments and that we not forget where we come from and help those that have the same destiny as we have. Though we are graduating soon, we can’t forget about those that come behind us.”
On May 26, the fruits of their labor came to fruition. Texas Representative Sergio Muñoz Jr., after having been contacted by the students and their migrant counselor, Ms. Cinthia Zamora, declared a State Resolution supporting “Year of the Farmworker Child”. The students were cordially invited to attend the event at the Texas State Capitol and stood behind the Speaker of the House as the Resolution was read. The student’s excitement was a sight to see and the event has definitely left a life-time imprint on the graduating seniors. The seniors were congratulated by the Texas Representatives for their hard work and for their acceptance to Michigan State University, as all four will be attending the University in the fall.
Join the youth of Texas and the State of Representatives on supporting the ‘Year of the Farmworker Child” as it is:
“RESOLVED, That the House of Representatives of the 82nd Texas Legislature hereby commemorate 2011 as the Year of the Farmworker Child and encourage all Texans to learn more about this important issue; and, be it further
RESOLVED, That an official copy of this resolution be prepared for the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs as an expression of high regard by the Texas House of Representatives.”
Sign on now to become a partner in this year-long campaign “Year of the Farmworker Child” in support of migrant and seasonal farmworker children. Help us to educate the public one person at a time.