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Community (Practicum) Projects

Each year, class participants work in teams to challenge and strengthen their leadership skills and create a project to benefit the community. 

Past Projects Include:

CLASS 31 (2017-2018)
Teens Volunteer
In collaboration with Teens Connect, organized a robust effort to connect teens and volunteer activities through the Center for Volunteer & Nonprofit Leadership (CVNL) website.
Group Members:  Elizabeth Cabell, Jerry Curiel, Jennifer Goodrich, Marcia Hadeler, Liz Marks, Paul Martinez Everett 

Partnered with Land Trust Napa County to build awareness for its work to preserve and protect the beauty of Napa Valley for all of us to enjoy through an annual “Get Out and Hike” celebration day. 
Group Members:  Jarrett Anderson, Becky Merry-Barrango, Lorna Barker, Miryam Chae, Allison Haley, Scott Owens 

Partnered with Redwood Credit Union and Napa Valley high schools to promote financial literacy to teens.
Group Members: Shannon Halikas, Choowle Kalulu, Katarina Mezeiova, Wes Salter, Shawn Smith, Corinne Weaver    

Partnered with the Office of Emergency Services and CVNL to increase the number of trained Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) members in Napa County by raising awareness and streamlining the volunteer pathways.
Group Members: Roland Cavanagh, Linda Fine, Gary Hercules, Marie Matz, Christine McMillan, Margaret Niland         

Promoted unity and positivity amongst middle school students by creating an inspirational art installation in Harvest Middle School bathrooms. 
Group Members: Quinn Arntsen, David Busby, Michele Dahlberg, Peg Maddocks, Courtney Murray, Molly Rattigan  
CLASS 30 (2016-2017)
Created a sustainable mentorship program to provide hope, inspiration and guidance to students from Napa County’s Court and Community Schools, and laid the foundation to create a three-year plan.
Group Members: Ely Aguayo, Angela Jackson, Stefan Jezycki, Veronika Martinez, Thwani Satten, Joe Tagliaboschi

Created a sustainable program that addresses food insecurity by connecting local restaurants to homeless families providing monthly dinners to the Samaritan House.
Group Members: Lisa Augustine, Julie Baldia, Betsy Cipriano, Michele Farhat, Jay Lang, Laura Orozco
Furthered pedestrian safety education for Phillips Elementary students who are impacted by the lack of sidewalks and lighting in their neighborhood. They also created a “safety” inspired arts installation at the Napa Valley Transportation Authority.
Group Members: Steve Brassfield, Jenny Gass, Sonya Milton, Bernie Narvaez, Keri Rose Akemi-Bezayiff
Assisted in jump-starting a countywide food access network, Waste Not Napa, and created a food resource guide for those in need and those who can donate.
Group Members: Carlos Barragan, Roman Block, Megan Dominici, Molly Moran, Sarah Marshall, Betsy Van Dyne

Worked to reduce mental health stigma by producing a performance featuring local people sharing their personal stories of mental health recovery through touching essays, original music, comedy, dance and poetry.
Group Members: Chris DeNatale, Kristine Haataja, Brian Henricksen, Beth Nelsen, Kelsey Morrison, Stacy Preiser

CLASS 29 (2015-2016)


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