Rural and Migrant Ministry
The Rural and Migrant Ministry works to build a just community through three major initiatives:
- The Youth Empowerment Program. YEP enables youth to have greater control of their lives as they explore and internalize the concepts of self-worth, leadership and democracy. Programs include Summer Camps, The Youth Arts Group, Leadership Institutes, internships, mentoring, and educational scholarship. YEP participants are directly involved in the leadership of RMM as members of our board of directors.
- Education is a key component of RMM’s commitment to strengthen the leadership of rural and migrant people and to raise the consciousness and support of their allies. RMM’s educational programs include the publication of a rural journal of justice, The Harvester, educational immersion programs, internships, forums, and workshops.
- The Accompaniment Program of RMM works to develop and connect allies with efforts for rural justice, empowerment, and leadership development. In New York farmworkers have created their own organization, Centro Independiente de Trabajadores Agricolas (CITA). Through the Justice for Farm-workers Campaign, CITA and RMM work together statewide for farmworker justice through three avenues: farmworker organizing, legislative advocacy, and litigation. Accompaniment depends upon individuals, organizations, and congregations standing with farmworkers in their struggle to organize for equality, dignity, and just working and living conditions.