A National Alliance at a Local Level
Learners to Leaders is a national alliance that helps disadvantaged individuals achieve educational goals through local programs.
Learners to Leaders focuses on those who have the desire to succeed, but don’t yet have the skills to overcome their challenges—whether academic, social, or economic. These are often first-generation college-bound students, low-income, or minority individuals.
This program is a collaborative effort among Smithfield Foods, our independent operating companies, and local educational and mentoring partners. It strives to create confident leaders by providing them with the skills to succeed and putting them in a position to give back to their communities.
Valeria VargasDenison, IA UNIVERSITY
Denison High School
Valeria plans to attend Iowa Western Community College and major in social work. She was a cheerleader and participated in Dance Team and Show Choir.