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Migrant Farmworkers Project (Featured D&D Story)

We are happy to share another great example of dialogue and deliberation in action, the Migrant Farmworkers Reading Project. This mini case study was submitted by Sarah Wenzlick via NCDD’s new Dialogue Storytelling Tool, which we recently launched to collect stories from our members about their work.

We know that there are plenty of other stories from our NCDD members out there that can teach key insights about working in dialogue, deliberation, and engagement. We want to hear them! Please add YOUR dialogue story today, and let us learn from you!

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Migrant Farmworkers Reading Project


High school students from Oxbridge visit with the children of migrant farmworkers every other Friday to help them with homework and reading. The children are elementary students in the Lake Worth, FL area–an area with a large migrant population that follows the different agricultural harvests depending on the growing season. Oxbridge’s students help to encourage the elementary school students to focus on their academics, the importance of staying in school, trying your best, becoming bilingual, and show them that many people care about their progress.

We’ve seen an enormous increase in attendance from the elementary students, great enthusiasm and energy from Oxbridge’s students, and improvement in reading (aloud) abilities both in Spanish and in English from both sets of children.

Which dialogue and deliberation approaches did you use or borrow heavily from?

  • Intergroup Dialogue
  • Compassionate Listening

What was your role in the project?

Organizer, Facilitator

What issues did the project primarily address?

  • Race and racism
  • Economic issues
  • Education
  • Immigration
  • Youth issues

Lessons Learned

My students have gained a better understanding of what other peoples’ lives are like, especially those of young migrant farmworkers. They have become more appreciative of what they have, such luxuries as constant transportation, parents with stable jobs, access to technology, access to food and clothing, among other things.

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Roshan Bliss
An inclusiveness trainer and group process facilitator, Roshan Bliss serves as NCDD's Youth Engagement Coordinator and Blog Curator. Combining his belief that decisions are better when everyone is involved with his passion for empowering young people, his work focuses on increasing the involvement of youth and students in public conversations.

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