montage of the kids at work

Telamon Corporation: Tennessee Migrant and Seasonal Head Start serves children from migrant farm worker families at five child care centers across the state. In 2005 Telamon launched a Youth Initiative to provide enrichment opportunities for middle and high school youth.

In 2006 Telamon expanded the Youth Initiative with a grant from Starbucks Foundation to implement a new project, Growing Tennessee: Rural Youth Cultivate Common Ground. The purpose of the project is to provide a creative educational outlet for rural youth, while promoting cross cultural understanding through the arts.

With the assistance of professional artists and numerous volunteers, youth from both migrant farm worker families and rural Tennessee families are engaging in a variety of community based arts projects, including photography, digital storytelling, ceramics, and mural arts. The children's art has been shown at several venues in Tennessee and beyond, including Milligan College, The Art Gallery of Knoxville, West Tennessee Regional Art Center, Mess Hall in Chicago, IL, and at the National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Association Conference in Washington, D.C.

Growing Tennessee is funded by Office of Head Start, Tennessee Arts Commission, East Tennessee Foundation, and PeyBack Foundation. Corporate donors include Olympus Camera Company and Fuji Film USA.

Traditional Mexican Folk Dances

Dear Friends of Telamon Youth:

Youth Project Update Summer 2009

Dear Friends of Telamon Youth:


Exciting things are happening with the Telamon Corporation Youth Initiative in Tennessee! Thank you for your continued support!


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