County divides up $1.1 million in tobacco money

County divides up $1.1 million in tobacco money

Local nonprofit groups will share $1.1 million in grants for programs designed to make Napa County residents healthier, from smokers seeking to kick the habit to young mothers needing transitional housing.

Oral histories tell stories of Mexican immigrants

Oral histories tell stories of Mexican immigrants

For many children of Mexican immigrants living in Napa, accounts of their family’s often harrowing first border crossings into the U.S. have remained unspoken. A group of Napa High students is taking the first step in capturing these stories of sacrifice and perseverance through their “Las Voces de los Mexicanos: Napa Valley Oral History Project.”

One Napa Valley aids newcomers to clear citizenship hurdles

One Napa Valley aids newcomers to clear citizenship hurdles

What is the introduction to the United States Constitution called? How many senators make up the U.S. Congress? How many voting members are in the House of Representatives? Most people born in the United States never have to answer these questions outside of a high school civics class. But for foreign-born U.S. residents like 36-year-old Jaime Torres, knowing such answers is key to becoming a full-fledged U.S. citizen.

Goodman Library hosts Mexican immigrant oral history project

Goodman Library hosts Mexican immigrant oral history project

Members of Leadership Academy Youth Leaders in Action (LAYLA) will present the results of their Mexican oral history project at the Goodman Library in April. The project, titled “Las Voces de Los Mexicanos: Napa Valley Oral History Project,” recorded the experiences of the local Mexican immigrant community for the Napa County Historical Society’s collection.

McPherson held up as ‘community school’ example

McPherson held up as ‘community school’ example

A recent Bay Area report highlighted Napa’s McPherson Elementary School as an example of a successful “community school.” Community schools are those that bring support and services — like health care, food programs and parent workshops — into the schools to “promote the overall well-being of children and their families.”

Language barriers frustrate parents of English-learners

Language barriers frustrate parents of English-learners

When she thinks about the struggles her young daughters face as English-learners, Maria Munoz begins to cry. What worries her most is that she won’t be able to help them as they grow older, especially as they move into higher grade levels.

In Napa, civic leaders try to grow a Hispanic middle class

In Napa, civic leaders try to grow a Hispanic middle class

A report out here in California last week shows that less than half the families in this state are middle-class anymore. Yes, part of that's a bad economy, but the Public Policy Institute of Calfornia says it's bigger than just that -- that it's part of 30-year trend.

Conference helps students succeed after high school

The outstanding turnout for the first Success After High School conference, held on Saturday morning at Napa Valley College, surprised even its planners. More than 250 participants, primarily students with their parents, showed up at the Little Theatre at 8:30 a.m. to learn how to plan for college and careers.

Joint effort creates garden, community

Joint effort creates garden, community

Nearly 300 people met at McPherson Elementary School in Napa Saturday to complete the construction of a new garden as well as clean, paint and build benches for what could be a future plaza for the neighborhood.

Where youth led the way

Where youth led the way

If you've only been to Napa as a visitor it might be hard to understand why that city needs a Democracy Zone. The vineyards that we've all seen, those treasured rows of gold-tinged leaves, don't need a Democracy Zone, and neither do the people who live in the stately country homes that oversee those vines. 

Youth break ground for cultural center

Sometimes it takes youths to grease the wheels of change and make things happen. On a windy Friday evening it was a group of Napa High School students, who are involved in an innovative leadership program, doing the greasing.

Latino immigration reform group to hold St. Helena town hall talk

Growing up in Napa, Karla Gomez knew she was different but wasn’t sure how. There were little things throughout her childhood that reminded Gomez of the disparities, such as her inability to participate in many of the activities her peers were involved in, she said.

Youth group seeking to build community center

Youth group seeking to build community center

A local youth organization is taking the reins to meet the community’s needs while transforming Napa’s McPherson neighborhood into a more diverse, dynamic place to live.

NVUSD sets new high school borders

NVUSD sets new high school borders

The lines are drawn for Napa and Vintage high school’s attendance boundaries, effective when American Canyon’s new high school opens in 2010.

Teens lead change in McPherson neighborhood

Teens lead change in McPherson neighborhood

Local teens threw a monkey wrench into the machine of Californian individualism Wednesday evening when they got more than 200 people talking about one goal — creating a better future for Napa’s youngest residents.