SOS Applicant Information

The Student Organizing School (SOS) provides opportunities for alumni to engage in SAF’s work, receive professional development training and build SAF’s capacity for outreach and education.

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  • Preference for current college or graduate students that are alumni or recent college graduates. Alumni working on a college campus may also apply.
  • We have placements for 8 alumni in NC and SC.
  • Preference for alumni from farmworker families and those who have worked directly with farmworkers


  • Attend 2 retreats to learn skills in public speaking & how to represent SAF, advocacy, organizing, writing/communications, and grassroots fundraising
  • Conduct 2 presentations per year (set up by SAF) to community or campus groups about farmworker living and working conditions and how to get involved with SAF’s work
  • Host event for Farmworker Awareness Week on your campus or community
  • Attend and organize others to attend at least one action/event per year from SAF’s Activism Calendar (i.e. Día de los Muertos, HKonJ, Lobby Day)
  • Fundraise $200 for SAF
  • Write 2 guided writings/blogs
  • Attend final celebration at spring alumni social to receive certificate and give update on your work over the year


  • Financial support totaling $750/yr
  • Mentorship and academic credit available

Program Timeline 2015-2016

June 1, 2015

Application available online

August 21, 2015

Application deadline

August 22-31, 2015

Applicant Interviews
August 31, 2015Applicants notified of Selection/Waitlist/Decline
September 4, 2015

Deadline to accept position

September 12, 2015

Day-long orientation with Solidaridad interns and Levante Leadership Institute, Smithfield, NC
January 23, 2016

Day-long Mid-retreat with Solidaridad and Levante Leadership Institute, Chapel Hill, NC

April TBD 2016

Final evening celebration/ alumni social, Chapel Hill, NC


Nadeen Bir
Advocacy & Organizing Director