May 3 is the Big Day of Giving, a 24-hour giving challenge in the Sacramento region in which over 600 non-profit organizations like the Center for Land-Based Learningrely upon to raise funds for their programs like SLEWS. One of the many success stories of the SLEWS Program, is Mai Vang, a former student who now works for the City of Sacramento and proudly serves on the board for the Center for Land-Based of Learning and the Sacramento City Unified School District.

Mai Vang, student of SLEWS Program

Mai Vang was born and raised in South Sacramento. As a high school student, she participated in the Student and Landowner Education and Watershed Stewardship program or SLEWS with the Center for Land-Based Learning.

Before participating in SLEWS, she never traveled outside of Sacramento; and didn’t know about agriculture or natural resources conservation. As the oldest of 16, of Hmong refugee parents, college seemed unimaginable. The Center for Land-Based Learning harnessed her passion for agriculture and science, and is now the first person in her family to graduate from college.

“My early experiences in SLEWS was the catalyst for my future and changed my life!” – Mai Vang

“I’m making a donation to the Center for Land-Based Learning on May 3 because I know what an impact their programs have on youth who are trying to map their college and career path after high school. I want to encourage you to join me in support for this organization who cares deeply about the land, about youth, about beginning farmers and about the future of agriculture and the environment.”

 Your donation can help change the lives of hundreds of students throughout the region, just like Mai. CLICK HERE to make a donation on the Big Day of Giving!


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