During both the fall and spring school semesters LGBTQ Connection recruits a cohort of youth, ages 14 to 24, for each of the four sites who work together on a project to benefit their local LGBTQ community. It is up to the youth to decide what that project will entail.
OTM is honored to be part of this initiative, alongside our partners—the Napa Valley Community Foundation, Napa Valley Adult Education, Napa Valley College, the Calistoga Joint Unified School District, and UpValley Family Centers. For those interested in learning more about the program or to register for an August orientation session, contact Edith Pacheco, On the Move (in Napa) at 707-509-3550 or Edith@theneighborhoodinitaitive.org.
On The Move isn’t your typical youth development agency. Since its founding in 2003, this multi-year grantee of The Whitman Institute has been continuously evolving its work to meet the emergent needs of young people across California.
On The Move was invited by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to participate alongside six other organizations in a series of thematic case studies. The studies examined how leadership and decision-making can be shared within the complex structure and practices of nonprofit organizations.
OTM, in partnership with UpValley Family Centers, created a comprehensive report aimed at guiding communities through the disaster preparation and response process. “Lessons in Disaster Recovery” is meant to document the work that OTM and UpValley did and presents our valuable lessons learned.
The Napa Valley Vintners trade association announced $2.5 million in grant funding for children’s education in Napa County, On The Move is one it the recipients. The funds are made possible by proceeds from the NVV’s annual community fundraiser Auction Napa Valley.
On The Move has been awarded a Northern California Wildfires grant from the Center for Disaster Philanthropy to support our long-term recovery efforts. The grant will build our capacity and provide us the resources we need to address unmet needs.
For a while after the October wildfires, people thought Napa Valley, renowned for its wineries and tourism, would bounce right back. It wasn’t hit as hard as Sonoma and Mendocino counties. Of the 600 homes that were lost here, as many as 45% were second homes. But recovery has been slower than anticipated. An almost-invisible class of people in the agriculture and hospitality industries has been hurt.
Thousands of low and moderate income hourly workers in Napa's agriculture, hospitality and retail industries are getting direct financial aid thanks to the generosity of the Napa Valley Community Foundation, vintners, grape growers and many individual donations.
“Our founders were looking out, looking forward, and asking, ‘What is going to happen when all the Baby Boomers leave their leadership positions?” explains etsuko kubo, On the Verge program director. “Will we have people who are trained and who have personal and professional networks built that will help to serve the social good?"
Ygnacio Lopez first came to the United States when he was 30. He couldn’t read or write in Spanish and didn’t speak any English. More than three decades later, he still struggles with both, but with the help of volunteers from Napa’s On The Move, Lopez spent months studying American civics, passed his citizenship test and interview.
On the Move is adding a mobile office – a hitch trailer dubbed “Community on the Move” – to its fleet of programs and services. The concept was created by a group of professionals participating in On the Verge, an On the Move leadership program. The “Vergers” presented the 1969 Silver Streak Travel Trailer, which took about 35 days to refurbish, to Napa County providers during a kickoff event at Napa Lutheran Church on Thursday.
The mission of a Napa based organization called On the Move is to develop young people as leaders by building exceptional programs that challenge inequities in their communities. Our guest is Executive Director Alissa Gentille who talks about what it takes to make this happen. (Support for this report has been provided by The Dean Witter Foundation.)
In 2015 the Community Foundation Sonoma County established the Latino Leadership Fund, recognizing the opportunity to act as a catalyst in building diverse leadership so that our future leaders reflect the demographics of the communities they are serving.
As an intergenerational leadership organization, On the Move modeled their practice internally in a significant way when they hired Alissa Gentille, who started out in one of their young emerging leaders programs, as their current Executive Director.