NVYAC provides a distinctive community for healthy youth empowerment.
Every youth is embraced and empowered.
About the NVYAC
The Napa Valley Youth Advocacy Center (NVYAC) opened in 2004 as an Angwin after-school center (originally called the Angwin Community Teen Center) dedicated not just to providing supervision and safe activities but also to mentor, build relationships, improve mental health, and help youth build real-life skills.
Through 2011, the NVYAC has expanded to include both inreach
programs at the Angwin drop-in center and outreach
programs for youth, families, and community members throughout the Napa Valley. As a youth advocacy and support resource, the NYAC networks with other local agencies to provide youth grades 5-12 and their families with access to counseling, mentoring, consulting, and community connections.
- Unconditional Love: We embrace the lives and journeys of youth by creating an extended family for them and remaining connected to them without judgment or condemnation, regardless of their choices, behavior or outward appearance.
- Emotional Depth: We know that relationships are more important than programs—only through relationships with emotional depth can we properly influence youth, break down fear and build trust.
- Advocacy: We champion our youth by walking beside them, promoting experiences that create a desire to make the world better and engaging communities to meet the specific needs of youth.
- Innovation: Recognizing that youth and adults together create a distinctive place based on mutual acceptance, value and belonging, we create, develop and enhance innovative strategies to embrace and empower youth.
- Mentorship: Youth choose mentors based on their perception of true care, empathy and understanding, therefore we are committed to developing mentors who fully nurture and understand youth.
- Communication: Affirming that youth voices are essential, we promote an environment of open communication among youth, families and all aspects of our organization and the community.