The DELTA ASSOCIATION FOR RURAL INITIATIVES is a regional association of nonprofit organizations that operate job-training programs targeted to migrant and seasonal farmworkers. These programs are funded under Section 167 of the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA). The member organizations also participate in a variety of other community and economic development programs to assist rural area residents.
DARI was organized in 1989 with seven charter members. It currently includes fourteen members from the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Texas.
DARI’s Annual Conference provides information about farmworker issues and other matters that relate to rural poverty. It also facilitates the sharing of program strategies, promotes peer exchange and increases coordination with other farmworker organizations.
We have the support and participation of our national association, the Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs (AFOP) as well as other regional farmworker advocate associations and the US Department of Labor grantees from across the nation.
The Program Services area features information on program services and customers. Its goal is to enlighten members with success stories and happenings around the Delta region.
Mr. Clevon Young, DARI President
Executive Director, Arkansas Human Development Corporation
Mr. Stephen Borders, Treasurer
UMOS Regional Program Director
Mrs. Cynthia Thomas-Grant, Vice President
Director of Workforce Development
Illinois Migrant Council
Ms. Stephannie J. Durant-Brooks, Secretary
State Director, Telamon Corporation South Carolina