Trump Budget Seeks Massive Non-Defense Cuts, But Congress Will Have its Say

By Daniel Sheehan AFOP Executive Director The White House has announced the overall discretionary appropriations totals President Trump plans to include in his first budget request (for fiscal year 2018) later this year. The president will propose an immediate nine-percent increase in defense spending to $603 billion, offset by an aggregate 11-percent decrease in non-defense […]

CBO Paints a Bleak Picture for Future Non-Defense Spending

By Daniel Sheehan AFOP Executive Director On January 24, the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its annual Budget and Economic Outlook covering the ongoing fiscal year 2017 and the ten-year 2018-2027 period and painting a very bleak picture for future spending.  While I appreciate that budget matters can be a little technical and dry, […]

Diego Brito Named FCDP Participant of the Year

Story from Jim Haugli, State Director of Florida’s Farmworker Career Development Program  Diego Brito enrolled in the Orange County Farmworker Career Development Program (FCDP) on January 12, 2015.  He came from Mexico as a young boy and is the only sibling to graduate high school and to continue his education.  Diego has four much older […]

Farmworker Becomes Artist, Education Leader, Champion for Change

Story from California Human Development When Frances Ortiz-Chavéz was a teenager, she spent her summers picking California’s peaches and tomatoes. Today, she uses her hands for more delicate work, but the impact of her time spent in the fields remains—and speaks clearly—through the art she creates. ‘From the first day I walked into an all […]

Trump Wins Presidency

In a surprise to many pollsters and pundits, and much of the general public, businessman Donald J. Trump on November 8 won the 2016 presidential election and is now moving forward with this transition team as president-elect to set up a new government.  AFOP wishes him and the new administration well in their efforts to work for the public good in behalf of all in this great nation of ours.

PPEP’s Dr. John Arnold Receives Prestigious Award from the Mexican Government

John David Arnold PhD, the CEO and Founder of Portable Practical Educational Preparation, Inc., has been selected as a 2016 recipient of the Reconocimiento Ohtli Award, one of the highest awards given by the Government of Mexico. The Ohtli Award was conceived to recognize and honor Mexican, Mexican-American or Latino leaders whose efforts have contributed […]

PathStone PA Receives CAAP Distinguished Service Award

From the PathStone Messenger (August 2016) PathStone is recognized for exceptional advocacy and leadership efforts on behalf of anti-poverty and community development programs. PathStone’s advocacy efforts directly impact policy, regulation, and legislative agendas that complement Community Action Association of Pennsylvania’s mission and goals. PathStone Pennsylvania provides services to migrant and seasonal farmworker families, TANF recipients, […]

With DOL Support, AFOP Brings Peer Best Practices Sharing

Rural Employment Opportunities (REO), a statewide non-profit in Helena Montana, participated in the AFOP Peer Best Practices Sharing Program in April.  Individuals from the NFJP programs in Texas and Arkansas flew into Helena along with AFOP Workforce Development Director Katy Nelson from AFOP headquarters in Washington, DC. In the last two years, REO has had […]

Persistence Pays Off For NFJP Client

Previously published in the Proteus May 2016 Newsletter After a series of referrals and one phone call, Tylar H. contacted the Proteus Inc. office in Kokomo, Indiana. He was unsure if Proteus could help him, but was willing to take the chance. He had graduated from Ivy Tech Community College with a degree in Criminal Justice […]

New OT Rule Raises Question: Why Not Farmworkers?

From the Desk of the Executive Director Daniel J. Sheehan AFOP Executive Director The Center for Budget and Policy Priorities (CBPP) recently praised the Obama Administration’s new rule making millions of workers eligible for overtime pay as the president’s “most significant action on behalf of middle-class paychecks.” The rule boosts the threshold salary level under […]

2016 Annual Art & Essay Contest Now Open!

The Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs’ (AFOP) Children in the Fields Campaign is proud to announce that we are now accepting submissions for the 2016 Migrant & Seasonal Farmworker Children Essay & Art Contests. The theme selected for this year’s contests is Cultivating Roots of Opportunities and the contest flyer and guidelines have been posted […]