Napa Valley Education Foundation: Legacy Youth Project

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Napa Valley Education Foundation: Legacy Youth Project

What They Do:

Serve promising youth facing challenges in their educational and personal lives. Students participate in leadership development, mentorship and civic engagement opportunities. The Napa Valley Education Foundation’s Legacy Youth Project works daily with more than 120 struggling students to develop their hearts and minds, helping them set high expectations for themselves and each other.

Napa Valley Education Foundation proudly houses the grassroots youth development program, Legacy Youth Project. The program was developed five years ago by local school leaders, law enforcement and struggling youth, to help students reconnect with their hopes and dreams. More than 120 local students in grades 5-12 at Vintage High, Silverado and Redwood Middle Schools, and NVLA elementary schools work in Legacy classrooms each year to excel (75% increase their GPA); graduate (100% to date have graduated from high school); and attend college (91% matriculate into community college). They leave gangs, increase academic performance, join school sports, maintain employment, apply for college and become agents of change in our community. Legacy has helped break the cycle of violence and poverty in our community.


Before joining the Legacy Youth Project, I never had college on my mind and now I am in college. I am trying to do something with my life, trying to make my mom happy and trying to help her out.

~ Arturo R., Youth Co-Founder

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