Students GraduatingCollege & Career Ready

We believe College and Career Readiness means an individual has a solid understanding of their interests, strengths and challenges with a firm grasp of the skills and abilities necessary to successfully compete in today’s fast-paced, global economy.

To be college- and career-ready, high school graduates must have studied a rigorous and broad core curriculum including financial literacy and career preparation/exploration. The Napa Valley Education foundation supports this challenge by developing relationships and partnerships around a common goal: college and career readiness for all students.

We Support College & Career Readiness Through the Following Programs:

Legacy Youth Project

The LEGACY Youth Project (LYP) was co-founded in 2012 by a small group of youth who sought to transform their legacy in Napa, California. With the guidance from Omar Salem (Napa Resource Officer) and Carlos Hagedorn (Ethnic Studies Professor), the founding team partnered with each other to better understand the unique needs of Napa’s most precious resource, its youth. To proactively address conditions giving rise to “at-risk” consequences within our schools and community, our program developed into a courageous learning environment where we see, hear and love our youth.

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NVUSD Internship Program

The Napa Valley Unified School District Internship Program is designed to allow students to explore a career path BEFORE making college or career decisions. Students have an opportunity to test a career and compare their personality & goals to the opportunities each career provides. The Napa Valley Education Foundation believes all students should have an opportunity to test drive a career before making college or career decisions, and is a fiscal partner of this program.

Spencer Colton Gold Star Teacher Grants

Spencer Colton Gold Star Teacher Grants Since 1983, The Napa Valley Education Foundation has provided more than $1.2 million directly to NVUSD classrooms, supporting teacher innovation and student achievement. In 2016, the Foundation embarked on a new fundraising campaign to help funnel even more funds back into the Foundation's grant program (and directly back to schools, too): We Heart Teachers.