What programs does the DHF offer?
The Dolores Huerta Foundation’s education program focuses on organizing, training, and empowering parents to advocate for their children’s rights as part of a larger effort to put an end to the school-to-prison pipeline.
Youth and Family Civic Engagement Initiative to increase civic participation among low-income, disenfranchised youth and their families to reduce racial and socio-economic disparities. Through evidence-based best practices, the YFCE Initiative trains youth and family members for meaningful leadership roles and civic participation.
The Dolores Huerta Foundation provides organizing training and resources to individuals in rural, low income, communities using the house meeting model Dolores Huerta learned from Fred Ross Sr. This community organizing model engages residents in a process of determining and prioritizing the needs of their neighborhoods, trains them to speak directly with organizational leaders and public officials, and provides them with a platform to advocate for desired changes. There are currently 13 active Vecinos Unidos (United Neighbors) Chapters in Antelope Valley, Arvin, Bakersfield, California City, Caruthers, Greenfield, Mojave, Lamont, Lindsay, Parlier, Sanger, Tulare and Woodlake.
GIS mapping makes it easier to comprehend the social inequities in Central Valley communities by presenting data in a more visible format. DHF uses GIS mapping and data applications to enhance organizing and civic engagement efforts such as integrative voter education and outreach campaigns in low response areas for elections and geographically focused campaigns such as the 2020 Census.
The Dolores Huerta Foundation develops natural leaders by providing hands-on civic engagement training and opportunities to raise awareness and advocate for progressive policies and reforms. Teams of volunteer and paid canvassers are regularly deployed for door-to-door canvassing, tabling, and phone banking in an effort to register and inform eligible voters and encourage robust participation in the electoral process.