Tag Archives: Job Training

Socioeconomic Status and Life Expectancy: Can Job Training Improve the Odds for Farmworkers?

Many facets of life are affected by socioeconomic status. These include quality of education and health care, job benefits, such as paid time off and sick leave, access to transportation and services, and many more.  One you may not have … Continue reading

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National Farmworker Awareness Week 2013

For those of us dedicated to supporting and advocating for the estimated 2.5 million farmworkers in our county who harvest the foods we consume every day, National Farmworker Awareness Week (March 24-31) is a very special time. It not only gives … Continue reading

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AFOP Honors Congressional Champions

At its Thursday, February 14 congressional reception, AFOP presented its President’s Award to United States Representatives John Tierney of Massachusetts and Rubén Hinojosa of Texas for their continuing commitment to ensure farmworkers and their families have a shot at achieving … Continue reading

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Brag A Little–Sharing Best Practices and Success

AFOP’s 41st National Conference took place in Boston, Massachusetts on September 19-21.  It was attended by nearly 400 National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) staff and directors, monitor advocates, AFOP member agencies’ board members, and our SAFE AmeriCorps members. Also in attendance … Continue reading

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New Opportunities in Renewable Energy

Texas is currently one of the leaders in the renewable energy field and has positioned itself to remain that way for the next several years to come.  This growing industry is leading to new and high paying jobs for those … Continue reading

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Holiday Hope

As I write this, Congress is debating the still-unfinished federal budget for Fiscal Year 2012. While this may not seem strange, it should. The federal fiscal year for 2012 began on October 1, 2011 and will end September 30, 2012. … Continue reading

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National Farmworker Awareness Week

This coming week is National Farmworker Awareness Week, as well as the celebration of the birthday and legacy of César Chávez.  From March 27 through April 2, students, community members, congregations, and organizations across the country will work to raise … Continue reading

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Fiscal Responsibility and Federally-Funded Services to the Working Poor

We are watching an amazing conversation taking place in Washington, D.C., and maybe other places, though it is never clear how much of the public shares the latest obsessions in the nation’s capital. The conversation is mostly a one-way “dialogue” … Continue reading

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Can I Get A Refund on That Failure?

“Wouldn’t it be nice if taxpayers could somehow get a refund for government programs that didn’t work?” On Wednesday, February 9, in the New York Times, author David Leonhardt painted a rosy picture of social impact bonds, ignoring the potential … Continue reading

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