Food of Love Mini-Documentary – The Wonder of Love

  The First Edition The Napa Valley Youth Advocacy Center Tribute to Very Special People Who Possess a “Special Kind of Wonderful” Stacey Bressler Michelle Fields Baggett Melissa Henry Pratt                                                Andrew Lloren… Read More

Welcome to Tom’s Corner

Hello, Youth Advocates! Welcome to the wonderful world of youth. Here in my corner I will share ongoing glimpses into the heart of the Napa Youth Advocacy Center as we become a part of lives across  the age spectrum.  Look forward to a snapshot of program updates, NVYAC inspirations, and views into the life of… Read More

Editorial: Teaching kids the value of service

Originally posted in the St. Helena Star on December 30, 2013. The laughter and innocence of a young person can do wonders to lighten the mood of a military veteran recovering from combat-related stress disorders. And what better way to teach kids about veterans than by putting them in a room together? That’s the concept… Read More

Neighbor2Neighbor: Advocacy center serves Upvalley youth

Sometimes all the gears line up. Pieces and parts come together and work just as they should. You have yourself a proverbial well-oiled machine. But that’s not always the case. Maybe an ace mechanic must be brought in for some fine-tuning to help get things going. Perhaps a gear requires retooling, or just a bit of… Read More

Food, Film & Love

Thursdays, February 2 -23 Join the Napa Valley Youth Advocacy Center and the Cameo Cinema each Thursday in February for a featured film hosted by a Napa Valley celebrity chef. All proceeds will benefit Food of Love a mentoring program where teens learn to cook in a healthy way and support their community at the… Read More

A Holiday Appeal To Remember The Way It Was

Happy Holidays to Each of You, This is an outreach to all of “my kids” over the last 40 years, friends, and family everywhere – “An Appeal To Remember the Way It Was.” This is the Anniversary of a 40 year Career and Marriage – 37 years caring for kids in the Napa Valley and 3… Read More

Art & Cookies

On May 22, community members gathered in Angwin for a day-long event – and the Napa Valley Youth Advocacy Center was right in the thick of things. The Angwin Flea Market, Classic Car Show, and Art in the Clouds art show were hosted by the Angwin Volunteer Fire Department and the Angwin Community Council. NVYAC helped… Read More

Everything Cookies Go to Cheers

Three local teens brought — and completely sold — a stock of their famous Everything Cookies to the first Cheers St. Helena of 2011. At the community event, which takes place once a month from May to October and celebrates the shops and restaurants of main street, Napa Valley wines, and local music and other… Read More

Food of Love

“How do you turn down someone who says ‘I’m hungry’?” asks chef Amy Cohen. How about if they’re a cancer patient whose treatment is giving them a myriad of symptoms from nausea to fungus of the tongue that make normal food impossible to consume? Once a week in a gleaming A&A Kitchen facility in St.… Read More

Film Festival 2011

In a lively community event that’s all about imagination, stories, and film, local teens get a chance at the spotlight. The second annual St. Helena Family Film comes to the Valley May 27-30, and the Napa Valley Youth Advocacy Center is once again closely involved. Started last year by Cathy Buck of St. Helena’s Cameo… Read More