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About Us

Helping Vallejo youth thrive.

"Vallejo Project has helped me feel like I'm ready to take on anything!"

- Trades program participant

Who we are

Vallejo Project is a community service center designed to improve student outcomes by connecting youth to multi-generational enrichment and development opportunities in the trades, art, wellness, and culture.

We bring together a passionate team of diverse educators, artists, and community advocates to offer weekly workshops and live webinars. We offer leadership and professional training through post-secondary education opportunities for youth ages 16-24 in a variety of fields.  In our programs, youth engage with local and international communities. We offer intensive training programs in filmmaking, web design, communication, project management, and business development.


Empowered youth - engaged in service - realizing their potential.


To engage youth in leadership empowered by service and community.

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Fred Lucero

Fred manages the nationally recognized RichmondBUILD Academy and Richmond YouthBUILD pre-apprentice job training program with over 1,200 job placements.



Carol Lewis

Carol is the district coordinator of Expanded Learning at Vallejo City Unified School District. She manages 13 after-school programs and 4 summer programs. Carol is deeply committed to youth development.

Chief Advisor


Scott Eng

Scott Eng is an architect and builder.  Scott works with a variety of designers and artists to make ideas into reality. Scott has a passion for carpentry, welding and youth development.


Meet our team

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Katherine Dang


Katherine is a research project manager at Kaiser where she coordinates and supports public health interns. She has a passion for community medicine, public health, and youth development programs.

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Dr. Mylene Rucker


Dr. Rucker is a licensed physician who has dedicated her life to underserved communities and spent 20 years as a country doctor in Visalia.


Adjoa McDonald

Founder | Executive Director

Adjoa is a long-time Vallejo resident and has been an urban educator for thirteen years. She is a credentialed administrator and has a Masters in Educational Leadership.

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Paul Cummins

Pail co-founded Crossroads School in Santa Monica and built it into one of the most successful educational institutions in Los Angeles and a model for innovative, progressive schools.


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Alex Lindsey

                     Alex Ben Lindsay is an American computer graphics and video production specialist. He is also the founder of the Pixel Corps and dvGarage which were both companies involved with computer graphics



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Erik Adigard

Erik is a communication designer and educator in the San Francisco Bay Area. He cofounded M-A-D, a Berkeley-based design firm, and is a former design contributor to Wired magazine.



Kweku Middleton

Kweku is project lead for construction at the Sac Street Garden and resident trades expert for training and youth experience. He is passionate about trades and a point of contact for careers in the industry.


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Judy Francis

Judy has a law degree and an MBA from UCLA.  She has worked for the US State Department and currently has a school in Ghana, West Africa.



Gail Robles

Gail Robles is a Vallejo native and special education teacher who has worked in a variety of school models, including the public and non-public school sectors, as well as charter and private schools.