Vallejo Project's programs focus on wellness, communication, and trades to meet youth where they're at and set them up for success for years to come.
Training Youth as Peer to Peer Mentors
Youth need a safe space, and Vallejo Project is working to provide one for them. Our programming at Global Center for Success, 717 Marin St and 428 Georgia are safe spaces for youth to come Mondays and Thursdays after school and on Saturdays. Vallejo Project also works to provide enrichment classes such as music and yoga for after school youth, giving youth a safe place to practice mindfulness and self-expression. And finally, Vallejo Project trains Youth Mental Health First Aid advocates, who will offer peer to peer support to those in need and who will be trained to identify and refer youth who need deeper intervention.
Times by Appointment
Understanding who you are is critical to respecting others and articulating yourself in the world.
Vallejo remains to this day one of the most diverse cities in the United States. We want to take advantage of this beautiful opportunity by spreading the art and cultural history of our residents. Through educational events featuring local artists, and by providing space for youth of color to practice and display their artistic projects, we hope to develop the spirit that makes Vallejo and its residents so unique and to foster interest in cross-cultural connections.
Storytelling - podcast
This pathway provides an introduction to beginning digital production, podcasting and storytelling. Storytelling brings learning alive and creates a participatory and immersive experience that allows young learners to enjoy hearing the language in a dynamic, sometimes stylistic and entertaining way. Participation using key vocabulary and phrases can create an awareness of rhythm and structure. Storytelling also allows student voices to be heard and brings a student’s perspective to issues in the community.
Music is a powerful means of communication. It provides a means by which people can share emotions, intentions, and meanings even though their spoken languages may be mutually incomprehensible. It can also provide a vital lifeline to human interaction for those whose special needs make other means of communication difficult.
Thousands of jobs in the trades remain unfilled in the US every year. These are high-paying, steady, union jobs that require less time and money upfront than a traditional college education. Our goal is to work with community trade leaders to educate the youth of Vallejo on basic skills and inspire them to pursue these rewarding and independent careers.
The Carpentry Pathway program will ensure that all youth participants have the skills and training they need to get preferred entry to Local 180's pre-apprenticeship carpentry program. Through our MOU with the Carpenters Union, Vallejo Project is teaching the carpenter’s curriculum, including OSHA 10 safety training, as an introduction to carpentry. There will be a class section teaching the basics, and a hands-on training lab led by a journeyman carpenter.
Our gardening efforts are focused on revitalizing the forgotten places within our community. Turning vacant lots into productive centers of education and outreach; centered on the production of clean, organic, foods for both community and personal consumption.
Drop In Garden Times
10am-1pm @ 2160 Sacramento St
12pm-4pm @ 2807 Sonoma Blvd