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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 students, 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.

Vision

Empowered youth

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engaged in service

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realizing their potential.

Mission

To engage youth in leadership empowered by service and community.

Meet our team

Thomas

Youth Leader

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

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Thomas

Youth Leader

Thomas is a Vallejo Project Youth Leader who is passionate about gardening, music and sustainability. Thomas co-leads the Urban Agriculture program at the Vallejo Unity Garden at Renaissance Family Center around the principles of sustainable and equitable food production for the community.

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Xochtl 

Youth Leader

Xochitl is Vallejo Project youth leader who initiated the Safe Space program. Xochitl has a passion for community health and joined Vallejo Project to learn how to combat preventable diseases and give back to her community in Vallejo. Xochitl worked with Jason on a peer to peer program for high school students.

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Aaron

Aaron is a Vallejo Project Youth Leader and college student with a passion for local politics and sustainability. His research has led to innovative solutions for our garden project. Aaron co-leads the Urban Agriculture program at the Vallejo Unity Garden with Thomas.

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Youth leader

 
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Vallejo Project's organizational structure 

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Sydney

Youth Leader

Sydney Allen is a 19 year old Vallejo Project youth leader. She is an aspiring Filmmaker and is committed to living a sustainable and ethical lifestyle.

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Dr. Mylene Rucker

Director

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

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Renay Conlin

Advisor

Executive Director of the Vallejo Community Arts Foundation

Graduated with honors in opera performance winning the Peabody Opera Award

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Veronica Boe

Senior Director, Sponsored Programs and Extended Learning at CSU Maritime Academy

Advisor

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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.

Advisor

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Fernando 

Youth Leader

Fernando Prado is a 19 year old Vallejo project youth leader. He has a passion for carpentry and building.

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Paul Kirsch

Director

Paul is a Vallejo Teacher who has a background in filmmaking, gardening and model boat repair.  He has participated in grant writing and reading for many years. Paul is a responsible Vallejo resident who is committed to making a difference.

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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.

Director

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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.

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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.

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Keith

Youth Leader

Keith is a youth leader with a passion for service and understanding.  Keith has experience supporting youth camps.

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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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Hugh Kinniburgh

Hugh is a filmmaker, musician , artist , technician and local business owner. Co founder of RCTV Studios, a Bay Area production company and supporter of community based organizations.

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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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Dr. Thomas Snyder

Dr. Snyder is a retired urologist and naval officer. In retirement, he works on a history of the first Navy’s first west coast hospital, on Mare Island. 

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