FIELD President Takes Research Sabbatical; New Chief Announced 

Apr. 22, 2024 – FIELD is happy to announce that Chief Executive Officer David Villarino is taking a six-month research sabbatical to help the organization realize its mission. The sabbatical will take effect immediately.  “After 24 years of steadfast devotion as FIELD’s Chief Executive Officer, the Board of Directors has approved my request for a…
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FIELD Gains Name Recognition, Momentum Going Into Graduation Season

It’s been a little more than three weeks since our wildly successful 8th Annual Chavez Legacy Breakfast and we’re still floating on Cloud 9. This year we had a record sold-out crowd of 600-plus attendees filling the ballroom to the brim with joy, love and hope for the future. We’re already talking about needing a larger…
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Sold Out 2024 Chavez Breakfast a Rousing Success

With a record 600-plus people filling the hotel ballroom to capacity, FIELD’s  8th Annual Cesar Chavez Legacy Breakfast brought the entire Kern County community together to honor the life and legacy of the labor icon on what would have been his 97th birthday. This year, six distinguished community leaders were honored, offering stirring tributes to FIELD, as…
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Superintendent Thurmond Tours FIELD’s New Facility, Gives Org a Shoutout

FIELD was honored to host California Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Thurmond on a recent tour of FIELD’s Union Avenue facility that is being redeveloped to accommodate our growing footprint in the state. FIELD CEO and President David Villarino acted as tour guide to the whole complex. He pointed out the new dorms under construction…
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FIELD Corpsmembers Share Their Stories with Sacramento Legislators

In April, FIELD sent a delegation of corpsmembers and staff to Sacramento for Government Education Day. There, they joined together with corpsmembers from across the state to talk to elected officials about the important conservation work they do, how the program has positively impacted their lives, and ensure ongoing funding vital to its mission. FIELD…
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César Chávez Breakfast celebrates the legacy of the farm labor activist

This article by Joshua Eyraud originally appeared on kget.com:  BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KGET) — The Kern County community came together on Thursday, three days before the birthday of the late farm labor leader César Chávez. On March 28, the life and legacy of César Chávez was celebrated in downtown Bakersfield. The 8th annual César Chávez Breakfast…
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‘Sí, se puede’: FIELD hosts 8th annual Cesar Chavez Legacy Breakfast Thursday morning

This article by Tony Salazar, Eyewitness News originally appeared on BakersfieldNow.com:  Cesar Chavez Day is this Sunday, March 31, a U.S. federal commemorative holiday, but celebrations are beginning early to mark the celebration of what would have been Chavez’s 97th birthday. The Farmworkers Institute of Education and Leadership Development, or FIELD, held its annual Cesar Chavez…
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Several individuals honored at Cesar Chavez Legacy Breakfast

This article by Steven Mayer originally appeared on Bakersfield.com:  A record 600 people attended the eighth annual Cesar Chavez Legacy Breakfast on Thursday morning. And it appeared no one went home disappointed. Thursday’s event at the Bakersfield Marriott at the Convention Center was hosted by the Farm Worker Institute of Education and Leadership Development, or FIELD….
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Join Us as We Celebrate Our Founder, Cesar Chavez, Mar. 28

Our annual Cesar Chavez Legacy Breakfast is just three weeks away and this year’s honorees represent our founder Cesar Chavez’s vision of “Empowering the underserved to be self-sufficient.” With your generous sponsorships, this year’s proceeds will go to furnishing the new dormitories under construction to house our un-housed young adult corps members. This transitional housing…
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Meet Dave Weaver: The Chavez Environmental Corps’ Director is Committed to Reclaiming the Environment

Meet Dave Weaver: The Chavez Environmental Corps’ Director is Committed to Reclaiming the Environment

David Weaver brings years of experience in the California Conservation Corps to his job as Director of FIELD’s Environmental Corps job training program. He discusses his department’s mandate to train corpsmembers into restoring the natural environment, especially after wildfires, floods,…