Cultivating Opportunity for Youth: Cesar's Story
After completing FARMS Leadership Program my junior year in high school, I was given the opportunity to participate in the FARMS Advanced Program my senior year and currently participate in the Central Valley Youth Employment Program (CVYEP). You could say I have really taken advantage of the programs that cared about seeing me succeed.
By completing all three of these programs, I feel more prepared than ever to go to college, finish my education and build a career in Fire Science. I learned a lot about careers in Agriculture through the FARMS Leadership Programs, but mostly I learned about how to prepare for and find a career.
Most of the time, we hold ourselves back because we are afraid to fail or scared to mess up speaking in front of people. Even though I still get a little nervous, I am more confident than ever to speak in public, shake a strangers hand and introduce myself. FARMS Leadership gave me this confidence by allowing me to practice these skills in 'real-life' situations, proving that the only thing to fear is fear itself.