National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP)

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Have you worked on a farm or ranch for 30 days and/or earned at least $800 within the last two years? If so, you might be eligible for the National Farmworker Jobs Program. NFJP is a job training and employment assistance program for farmworkers and their families. Our Case Managers provide assistance in finding employment, job training, educational opportunities and support services. This assistance is offered at no cost to the participants.

Maui Economic Opportunity, Inc., is a nonprofit organization that is administering the National Farmworker Jobs Program statewide. The National Farmworker Jobs Program is a statewide program and is 100% funded by the Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration.

In her The MEO Minute debut, Uilani Ah Chan discussed heat stress and pesticide safety training on Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island as part of her work as a National Farmworker Jobs Program case manager. The segment on Akaku's The Maui Daily on July 20 appears at about the 9-minute mark. cloud.castus.tv/vod/akaku/video/62d8b7bfa0a447000828ebd7?page=HOMEChivo Ching-Johnson led into The Minute with a segment on Youth Services' Town Hall on Suicide Prevention on Wednesday, July 27, in Kaunakakai. ... See MoreSee Less
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*MEO NFJP conducts pesticide safety, heat stress protection trainings*About 80 farmworkers on Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island were trained in pesticide and heat stress protection last week by Maui Economic Opportunity’s National Farmworker Jobs Program (NFJP) trainers.The Worker Protection Standard, Heat Stress Prevention and Pesticide Safety trainings are required annually for all agricultural operations. MEO offers the training for no cost to farms across the state; the federally funded NFJP is the only program MEO offers statewide.MEO certified trainers Uilani Ah Chan, Suzette Bacarro, both NFJP case managers, and Cassi Yamashita, Community Services Director, conducted classes for 10 workers at Royal Kona Coffee Mill and 70 workers at Kauai Nursery and Landscape. At the end of each session, all workers received bandanas.In addition to Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island, NFJP supports farmworkers and farms on Maui, Moloka‘i, Lana‘i and Oahu.The trainings teach that water, rest and shade are essential to preventing heat problems. For workers handling pesticides, it is important that they wear a button-down shirt. Should a worker be contaminated by pesticides, removing the shirt by unbuttoning reduces the spread of the exposure.NFJP supports farmworkers, their families and farms that employ them. For workers, NFJP seeks to generate greater economic stability by connecting farmworkers to job training, better opportunities and supportive services for themselves and their families. For the farms, NFJP supports on-the-job training with subsidies and defrays the cost of required certifications, such as the Worker Protection Standard.For more information about the heat stress and pesticide prevention training, contact NFJP at (808) 344-5550 or email cs@meoinc.org. ... See MoreSee Less
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*Required pesticide training for farmworkers offered by MEO NFJP*A pesticide safety training, required annually for farmworkers, is being offered at no cost to agricultural operations statewide by certified Maui Economic Opportunity National Farmworker Training Program staff.The Worker Protection Standard training is approved by the Environmental Protection Agency and Occupational Safety and Health Administration and covers pesticide safety, signs and symptoms of exposure and poisoning and emergency protocols.Three MEO NFJP staffers have been certified to conduct the training at farm sites while providing all supplies.The federally funded NFJP is the sole program operated by MEO that has a statewide reach. Trainings have been scheduled on Kaua‘i and Hawai‘i Island.NFJP supports farmworkers and their families and the farms that employ them. For workers, NFJP aims to help generate greater economic stability by buying work clothes and other necessities and connecting farmworkers to job training, better opportunities and supportive services for themselves and their families. For farms, NFJP supports on-the-job training with subsidies and defrays the cost of required certifications, such as the Worker Protection Standard.MEO has almost 40 clients on Kaua‘i, Hawai‘i Island, Maui, Moloka‘i and Oahu and is looking for more.Agricultural operations interested in the Worker Protection Standard training and farmworkers in NFJP services can call (808) 344-5550 or email cs@meoinc.org. ... See MoreSee Less
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*MEO NFJP joined AgFest*U‘ilani Ah Chan and Suzette Bacarro met more than a hundred visitors to the MEO National Farmworker Jobs Program table at the Maui AgFest & 4-H Livestock Fair at the War Memorial Special Events Field on Saturday, June 4. NFJP is a job training and employment assistance program for farmworkers and their families. Case managers provide assistance in finding employment, job training, educational opportunities and support services, such as purchasing work clothes and safety gear. MEO is the statewide grantee of the federal NFJP. For more information about NFJP, call (808) 243-4369. ... See MoreSee Less
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The spring edition of the National Farmworker Jobs Program is out. The lead story is about Mahi Pono and its farming operations on Maui. MEO operates the NFJP program statewide under a federal grant. click here.drive.google.com/file/d/1EJR3JNSdpv2lr72or1ftPDHYTPZ1x2-4/view?usp=sharing ... See MoreSee Less
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